The absence of numerous first-choice players has provided a “massive opportunity” for others to establish a claim in Canada’s World Cup squad, according to head coach Bev Priestman as the Olympic champions prepare to face France on Tuesday.
Desiree Scott, Quinn, and star forward Janine Beckie, who was ruled out of the quadrennial tournament after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury last month, will not participate in the match.
“There is a tremendous opportunity for anyone who steps onto the field. Are we light? Certainly, you are aware that your team’s bench is depleted “said Priestman.
“However, this is a tremendous opportunity. And, you know, to get that one camp away from your World Cup squad being announced and, you know, going into that World Cup squad, I believe I must view it as an opportunity and consider the broader picture.”
Kadeisha Buchanan, a veteran central defender, returned to Chelsea to undergo evaluation for an injury sustained prior to camp, Canada Soccer said on Monday, without providing further details about her condition.
She was a crucial contributor to Canada’s gold medal endeavor at the Tokyo Olympics, where she played every minute of the competition.
Priestman stated, “I don’t believe it’s a World Cup injury, but it’s not a’she’ll be ready this week’ type injury.”
The sixth-ranked Canadians may face a difficult challenge in France. Herve Renard assumed control late last month after guiding Saudi Arabia to a stunning group-stage victory over eventual World Cup champions Argentina in last year’s tournament.
“They have an effective assault. Consequently, we must defend with extreme discipline “said Priestman. “However, I also see opportunities for us to penalize them when we have the ball.”
Tuesday in Le Mans, France, Canada plays France.