A-Leagues Alumni Update: West Ham and Matildas Injury Concerns

**A-Leagues Alumni Update: Injury Concerns for West Ham and Matildas**

This week, we witnessed several key developments impacting Australian players on the international football scene. First, concerns arose for Matildas star Katrina Gorry, who suffered an ankle injury during West Ham’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in the Women’s Super League. This injury could potentially sideline her for a significant period, casting a shadow over her upcoming appearances for the Matildas and the looming 2024 Olympic Games.

Alanna Kennedy, on the other hand, made a rare start for Manchester City in their victory over Manchester United. Returning to the starting XI after a long spell, Kennedy seized the opportunity and contributed an assist in her team’s triumph, keeping City abreast of league leaders Chelsea.

Meanwhile, Steph Catley celebrated her 100th appearance for Arsenal in style as her side secured a comeback win against Aston Villa. Arsenal’s delayed arrival due to travel disruption was quickly forgotten as the Australian trio of Catley, Caitlin Foord, and Kyra Cooney-Cross played pivotal roles in the thrilling victory.

In a surprising turn of events, Arthur Papas resigned from his coaching position at Thai champions Buriram United while they topped the league table, leaving fans and pundits stunned by his departure during such a successful spell for the club.

Elsewhere, Kaitlyn Torpey made her National Women’s Soccer League debut for San Diego Wave, despite their opening match ending in a loss. The match attracted a record-breaking attendance for a home opener in the NWSL, showcasing the growing popularity of women’s football in the United States.

Finally, Australian players plying their trade in Europe faced mixed results, with Ellie Carpenter and Lyon securing a dominant 7-0 victory in France, while other Aussies in Spain and Sweden experienced contrasting outcomes in their respective matches.

These developments highlight the diverse and dynamic journeys of Australian footballers competing on the global stage, underscoring the growing impact and presence of Australian talent in international football leagues.

Denis Hardin

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