Sprained ankle puts Khadija Shaw's World Cup debut in doubt

By May 28, 2019

Reggae Girlz forward Khadija Shaw suffered a sprained ankle during the Reggae Girlz 3-2 loss to Scotland on Tuesday and it remains unclear when she will return to action with the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup set to kick off in 12 days' time.

Meanwhile, second-half substitute Kayla McCoy, who hyper-extended her knee during the game, is also a worry for the coaches, who are in the final stages of preparation for the Reggae Girlz World Cup debut against Brazil on June 9.

Shaw sprained her ankle when she was tackled by a Scottish player in the 65th minute and had to be helped off the field with the score at 2-2.

Shaw scored both goals for Jamaica.

Assistant Coach Lorne Donaldson explained that the coaching staff is unsure if she will be able to return to the Reggae Girlz squad in time for their opening World Cup match against Brazil on June 9, 12 days away.

However, he expressed optimism over Jamaica’s leading goal scorer. “She will be fine,” he said. “It’s football. You have to be prepared.”

McCoy, who joined the squad after it qualified for the World Cup, will have to undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury.

She was sent on to replace the injured Shaw but not long after, she crumbled inside Scotland's penalty box after she attempted to draw Jamaica level.

It is also unclear when she will return in time to participate in the World Cup.

Jamaica is drawn in Group C alongside Brazil, Italy and Australia.

 

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