Matildas head coach Tony Gustavsson says star winger Cortnee Vine is a doubt to feature for the national team in Wednesday night’s Olympic qualifier against Chinese Taipei after suffering a hamstring injury in an 8-0 win over the Philippines on Sunday afternoon.
It was the only blight on a near-perfect afternoon at Optus Stadium for the Matildas, who dominated the Philippines from start to finish in the eight-goal romp.
Vine came off the bench in the 65th minute, replacing Hayley Raso on the right wing – but was withdrawn just 10 minutes later for Alex Chidiac. Soon after Vine was shown sat on the bench icing the injury.
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Gustavsson will eagerly await an update on the fitness of the Sydney FC star – but has the luxury of not needing to rush her back into action considering the Matildas’ formidable grip on top spot in Group A of the Olympic qualification group.
Australia have defeated Iran and the Philippines in their first two games in Perth, and are cruising to the next phase of Olympic qualification.
“If I speculate, they think it’s a soft tissue issue in her hamstring,” Gustavsson said post-match, explaining the latest on Vine’s injury.
“They’re assessing her now and are going to assess her in the morning. It’s too early to say if she’s ruled out for the last game, but in my experience I think there’s very little chance she’ll be available for the last game on Wednesday.”
Vine is due back at Sydney FC after the Matildas’ final game of the current window on November 1; the Sky Blues begin their continental campaign between November 6-12 at the AFC Women’s Club Championship, taking on Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels, FC Nasaf and Bam Khatoon, before a return to Liberty A-League action against Adelaide United on November 19.