Women's World Cup 2019: Marta will miss Brazil's opening game, manager confirms

By Daniel Lewis 9 June 2019 434
Women's World Cup 2019: Marta will miss Brazil's opening game, manager confirms

Brazil forward Marta is expected to miss her team's opening Women's World Cup match against Jamaica because of a thigh complaint.

The 33-year-old suffered the injury in training on May 25 and was considered a major doubt for Sunday's Group C clash in Grenoble.

It has now been confirmed by Brazil boss Vadão that, despite making a good recovery over the past week, Marta is likely to play no part against Jamaica — though she may still be named among the substitutes.

"Marta's condition has improved a lot, quicker than we originally expected," he told media Saturday. "It was a problematic injury. But the truth is that she can't play tomorrow.

"She can be on the bench if she prefers to join her teammates, but she's not in the proper condition to play yet."

Marta won the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year award five times in a row from 2006 to 2010 and claimed The Best FIFA Women's Player prize in 2018.

She is the Women's World Cup's all-time record goalscorer with 15 goals across four previous tournaments.

Brazil faces Australia and Italy in its other two group matches on June 13 and 18, respectively.

 

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