Marta may begin Ladies’s World Cup on Brazil bench – coach

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Brazil striker Marta may begin the Ladies’s World Cup on the bench whereas she continues to get well from a left knee harm, Brazil coach Pia Sundhage stated in an interview with The Related Press on Friday.

Sundhage doesn’t know the way lengthy the six-time FIFA participant of the 12 months will be capable of play in every match of the match that begins subsequent month in Australia and New Zealand. Brazil’s first recreation is towards Panama on July 24 in Adelaide.

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“I do not know whether or not she might be within the beginning lineup. She may come off the bench as properly. I’m positive she’s going to give every part,” Sundhage informed the AP at Brazil’s coaching floor in Teresopolis, exterior Rio de Janeiro. “We’ve got a pair extra days to place this crew collectively. It isn’t solely about Marta.

“To illustrate she was the most effective participant on the earth. You might be nonetheless a crew and it’s important to construct that crew. A few of the gamers simply get linked,” the 63-year-old Swedish coach stated. “Relying on what is occurring on the market now we have some choices. Among the best issues of this crew is that we’re versatile and may nonetheless maintain our confidence.”

The 37-year-old Marta is taking part in in her sixth — and probably final — World Cup for Brazil, which has by no means received the match. Marta went via surgical procedure to restore a torn anterior cruciate ligament final 12 months after injuring her left knee throughout a membership recreation in the USA.

She returned to the nationwide crew after an 11-month absence in February towards Japan.

She didn’t play in Brazil’s two friendlies towards England and Germany in April.

Brazil is one in every of three South American groups within the match, together with Argentina and Colombia. Brazil is in Group F with France — the crew that eradicated the Brazilians 4 years in the past within the final 16 — Jamaica and Panama.

Brazil will announce a last squad on Tuesday and play a final exhibition in entrance of dwelling followers on July 2 towards Chile in Brasilia.

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