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Kerr on bench for Australia’s crunch World Cup clash

Australian striker Sam Kerr was named on the bench for their must-win Women’s World Cup clash against Canada on Monday, having declared herself available after a calf injury.

The Chelsea star missed Australia’s opening two games but said she was fit for the Group B showdown in Melbourne that they must win to guarantee a place in the last 16.

Coach Tony Gustavsson has been reluctant to reveal how many minutes, if any, Kerr might play as he awaited further advice from his medical staff.

Manchester City’s Mary Fowler, who replaced Kerr in their 1-0 win against Ireland but missed their stunning 3-2 upset by Nigeria with concussion, returns to start up front.

Tokyo Olympic champions Canada only need a draw to make the knockout phase.

Even if they lose it will not necessarily be the end of the road, depending what happens in the match between Nigeria and Ireland.

Similarly for Australia, a loss and they are out of the tournament. But a draw coupled with Nigeria losing and they could stay alive.

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