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Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

Australia captain, Sam Kerr will not take any part in the women’s football event of the Paris 2024 Olympics in France after her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury which she suffered this year.

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In January this year, the Chelsea star tore her ACL and will likely not recover in time for the Olympic games.

Australia Football Federation is yet to confirm her status when the squad for the team’s upcoming games was revealed on Tuesday.

In a statement, the FA said that Kerr remained on the sidelines and will continue her rehab program at Chelsea. 

“Attacker Amy Sayer (ACL) and forward Sam Kerr (ACL) remain on the sidelines with long-term injuries,” the report read. “Kerr and Sayer will continue their rehabilitation programmes in their home club environments and subsequently will not be available for selection for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.”

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The squad revealed on Tuesday is seen as a "strong guide" by coach Tony Gustavsson, but others like injured midfielders Katrina Gorry and Aivi Luik could potentially figure into the conversation.

"[They] most likely will be physically available to be part of an Olympic roster," Gustavsson said of Gorry and Luik. "This window will be a tough one for me and my staff in terms of evaluating players, where they are, and then the final selection process for Paris."

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Kerr was expected to be an integral part of the Matildas medal campaign in Paris after the team just missed the podium at the previous Olympics in Tokyo and the World Cup in Australia last year.

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Since joining Chelsea in 2020, Kerr has won five successive Women's Super League titles, three Women's FA Cups, two Women's League Cups, and the Women's Community Shield.

She has scored 99 goals for the Blues and a further 64 for Australia, and has also been nominated for the Ballon d'Or Feminin - the top prize in women's football - every year since its inception in 2018.

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