One of the Women’s World Cup’s biggest stars will miss her opening match.
Brazilian wizard Marta is out for Sunday’s Group C clash against Jamaica with an injured left thigh, which she suffered on May 25 in training.
Manager Vadão confirmed the news on Saturday, according to official team reporter Giancarlo Giampietro:
— Giancarlo Giampietro, FIFA (@FIFAWWC_BRA) June 8, 2019
The injury is the latest bad news for a big name in turmoil. Brazil lost eight straight matches heading into the Women’s World Cup, and the absence of Marta, the former Golden Ball winner who at 33 has lost her pace but is still very talented, won’t help matters.
Brazil will miss her skill and ability to help possess the ball against speedy Jamaica, which is making its Women’s World Cup debut yet won’t lack for confidence.
No Marta tomorrow for Brazil against Jamaica. If Jamaica wins, it will go down as an upset, but Brazil's horrid form combined with the injuries have set the stage. https://t.co/bkrvMS9RFX
— Jeff Kassouf (@JeffKassouf) June 8, 2019
This wasn’t the only newsworthy star absence on Saturday, either. Chinese midfielder Wang Shuang started on the bench against Germany, but was brought on at the beginning of the second half.
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