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Due to a calf injury , Sam Kerr who is Australia's star striker and face of the Women's World Cup, will miss the opening two games.

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The Matildas lost their opening World Cup match without Kerr against the Republic of Ireland, which was a major setback for the group .

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In her Instagram post kerr announced  her injury and Kerr expressed her commitment to the team's success in the absence of her.

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The Chelsea forward will also be absent from next Thursday's game against Nigeria but it is  expected that she will play against Canada on July 31.

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Kerr has played a major role for Australia throughout her international career. She scored  63 goals in 120 appearances.

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Kerr has participated in four World Cups. She make  her professional appearance at the competition in Germany in 2011 when she was 17 years old.

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Kerr won the " Player of the Year award" in England's Women's Super League .

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Mary Fowler, a 20 years old lady who scored the game-winning goal against France in a friendly, took Kerr's place in the starting lineup.

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Along with Caitlin Foord, Fowler, who was sporting the number 11 jersey, made an impression early on as Australia dominated the Republic of Ireland.

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Australia is still thought to have enough talent to advance from the group stages despite Kerr's absence.

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