For the second year in a row, striker Sam Kerr suffered a major injury playing in Australia's W-League, which again ended her season early. Kerr ruptured a ligament in her left foot playing for Perth Glory in a league match against Brisbane Roar on Sunday.
Kerr, who finished her first season with Sky Blue FC in 2015, will miss about three months. The injury came in the 20th minute of an eventual 2-0 win for Perth. It was a non-contact injury as Kerr collapsed to the ground.
"I spoke with Sam this morning. She is obviously disappointed about the injury because it was very important for her to be able to play at home in front of her family and friends," said Sky Blue FC assistant coach Christy Holly. "We want to wish her nothing but the best in her recovery, and all signs point to her being ready for the start of preseason. Most importantly, she should be fully fit and functional for the Olympics, which will give her the opportunity to make the impact that we all know she is capable of making."
She played in four games for Perth in 2015, scoring once.
Last year, Kerr ended her season early when she hurt in left knee during Perth's regular season. She recovered in time to play in the 2015 Women's World Cup and finished up the National Women's Soccer League season with six goals and two assists for Sky Blue. Those stats earned her the team's Golden Boot as the club's top scorer.