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Foord breaks collarbone in Australia's W-League match

No timetable set for return. She's the second Sky Blue player to be injured playing for Perth Glory this season.

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For the second time in two months, a Sky Blue FC player is sidelined by injury while playing for Perth Glory in Australia's W-League.

Defender Caitlin Foord joined Australia and Sky Blue teammate Sam Kerr on the sidelines after breaking her collarbone Saturday in a match with Canberra United. She landed on her right shoulder following a challenge from a Canberra player in the 38th minute.

She underwent successful surgery yesterday. There is no timetable for her recovery, other than it ended her W-League season.  It is hoped, however, that Foord, like Kerr, will be ready for Olympic qualifiers in March and the start of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) season.

Kerr went down with a non-contact ligament rupture to her left foot in a league match in November. This is Kerr's second injury suffered in W-League play. She is recovering and should also be ready for Australia's Olympic qualifiers.

Both Kerr and Foord were nominated for Australia's 2014-15 Footballer of the Year. That  award, however, went to Elise Kellond-Knight.

"It was very disappointing to hear about Caitlin's injury during her most recent game," said Sky Blue FC assistant coach Christy Holly, in a Sky Blue press release. "As with Sam, I know she was enjoying her time playing back home in Australia. I spoke with Caitlin after her surgery yesterday, and she sounded like she was in good spirits. She is also in a lot less pain after the procedure. At this point, no timeline has been set for her return, but we all wish her the very best and know that she will come back stronger for the 2016 season."