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Matildas defender Ellie Carpenter returns from injury for Lyon’s win over Rodez

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Matildas star Ellie Carpenter has made her long-awaited return from a serious knee injury in a boost for her nation’s Women’s World Cup campaign.

The gun right-back played 27 minutes for club side Olympique Lyonnais in a 5-0 win over bottom-placed Rodez in France’s Division 1 Féminine on Saturday.

Carpenter suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in last May’s Champions League final, resulting in her being stretchered off in tears only 14 minutes in the match, which saw Olympique Lyonnais win their eighth title in the competition against Barcelona.

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It’s been a long road back for the 22-year-old, who came on as a substitute for Olympique Lyonnais captain Wendie Renard in the 63rd minute and will now continue building her match fitness ahead of the Australia and New Zealand-hosted Women’s World Cup, beginning on July 20.

“Very proud and grateful to be back,” Carpenter tweeted post-match. “I have learned a lot during these months about myself.

“The ones who have been there since day 1. Thank you, my support system has been second to none. Would not be here without you guys. I’m just getting started.”

Carpenter is a key cog of the Matildas team who will be hoping to go deep at the Women’s World Cup and better the best result of a quarter-final appearance – achieved on three occasions in 2007, 2011 and 2015.

While Carpenter is not expected to be available for the Matildas’ upcoming Cup of Nations games in NSW in mid-February, the defender should be included in the squad for friendlies that are likely to scheduled in April.

When does the Women’s World Cup start?

  • Opening group stage matches: July 20, 2023
  • Final group stage matches: August 3, 2023
  • Round of 16: August 5-8, 2023
  • Quarter-finals: August 11-12, 2023
  • Semi-finals: August 15-16, 2023
  • Third-place match: August 19, 2023
  • Women’s World Cup final: August 20, 2023

The 2023 Women’s World Cup will begin on July 20, 2023 (local time) with both Australia and New Zealand to play their first group matches. The host traditionally opens the tournament, and New Zealand has been proactively assigned to Group A, while Australia is slotted into Group B.

Exactly one month later, the 2023 Women’s World Cup final will then be played on August 20, 2023 at Stadium Australia in Sydney.


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