Matildas Forced Into Squad Changes

Impetus’ Ben Gilby hears how a weekend of injuries has led to three ins-and four outs this morning (3/10/22)

Above: Remy Siemsen is back in the Matildas squad. Photo supplied to Impetus by: Football Australia.

Forward Remy Siemsen and defenders Emma Checker and Matilda McNamara have been added to the Matildas squad ahead of the upcoming internationals against South Africa and Denmark. 

Above: Matilda McNamara training with the Australian squad in June. Photo supplied to Impetus by: Football Australia.

The trio will replace Emily van Egmond (quad strain), Tameka Yallop (ankle), Clare Wheeler (minor knee injury), and forward Kyah Simon, who have all been ruled out due to injuries sustained at their clubs prior to the commencement of the October FIFA Women’s International Window. 

Van Egmond, Yallop, Wheeler, and Simon join Alanna Kennedy on the sidelines after the Manchester City defender recently suffered a shoulder fracture to keep her from the October training camp roster. Meanwhile, defender Ellie Carpenter continues to rehab from an ACL sustained in May this year. 

Siemsen, 22, who plays for Solna-based AIK in Sweden, has earned six caps for Australia with her last activity in the June FIFA International Window.  Central defender McNamara receives a second call up to the Australia camp with her first also coming during the June Window.  The 23-year-old plays her club football in Denmark and is currently the only uncapped player in the squad. Fellow South Australian, Checker, has eight international caps to her name with the most recent call-up against Brazil in 2021.  

Above: A return to the national squad for Emma Checker. Photo: Melbourne City.

Australia host South Africa in a “home” match at London’s Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday, 8 October with kick-off at 12.30pm local / 10.30pm AEDT.  Tickets for this historic match are available for purchase exclusively online with prices starting at £10 for adults and £2 for juniors and seniors.   

Three days later Australia will tackle Denmark at Viborg Stadium with kick-off at 6.00pm local.  

Impetus will be providing daily news and features from the Matildas camp this week, with a special match preview coming on Thursday, and extensive coverage from Kingsmeadow before, during, and after Saturday’s match.

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