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Kerr out three months with ruptured foot ligament

Sam Kerr is out three months with a ruptured ligament in her foot. (Photo Courtesy Sky Blue FC/Robyn McNeil)

Sam Kerr is out three months with a ruptured ligament in her foot. (Photo Courtesy Sky Blue FC/Robyn McNeil)

Sam Kerr is sidelined for the next three months with a ruptured ligament in her left foot, her Australian W-League team Perth Glory announced Tuesday.

Kerr, one of Australia’s top players, will miss the remainder of the W-League season and will be in a race to get fit for Asia’s Olympic qualifying tournament in March 2016.

“To say that I’m bitterly disappointed is an understatement.” said Kerr, who also plays for Sky Blue FC in the NWSL.

“I worked hard after undergoing surgery to my left knee at the end of last season and now this happens.”

The injury occurred on Sunday in Perth’s victory over Brisbane. Chicago Red Stars midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo, on loan to Perth, scored a brace in the win.

Kerr, 22, is Perth’s captain and scored one goal in four matches this season. She tallied six goals and two assists in nine games with Sky Blue FC in 2015, debuting after returning from the World Cup.

“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 the NWSL 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.”

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