Canada await Sinclair news for key France game

Paris: Canada are awaiting a decision on whether talismanic captain Christine Sinclair will be able to line-up against France in a must-win Group A clash at the Women`s World Cup on Thursday.

Veteran striker Sinclair tested a new mask in training on Tuesday which she has to wear after breaking her nose during their 2-1 opening defeat to Germany at the weekend.

France won their opener against Nigeria 1-0 meaning that the Canadians need at least a draw if they are to keep alive their hopes of being one of the two group teams to advance to the quarter-finals.

Two-time defending champions Germany lead the group ahead of France with CONCACAF champions Canada third and Nigeria sitting last.

Germany and Nigeria play in Frankfurt on the same day.

"I can`t run without feeling pain," admitted Sinclair during training.

"The doctors want to be sure I`m ready. It`s a race against the clock."

Canadian coach Carolina Morace said whe would make a decision on Wednesday on the participation of the 28-year-old who scored her 117th goal on her 160th international appearance at Berlin`s Olympic Stadium on Sunday.

France also have their own injury worries with coach Bruno Bini considering whether to select Laure Lepailleur or Corinne Franco in place of injured defender Wendie Renard who has an adductor problem.

Another defender Ophelie Meilleroux is also nursing a knee injury, as the team recover from their opening match.

"The doctors and physios are at work. But you don`t need to be a national coach to know that you recover faster when you win," said Bini.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Laetitia Philippe returned to France earlier in the week after the death of her father.

"She`ll decide herself when she wants to rejoin us," added Bini.

France, competing in just their second edition of the world tournament, dominated Nigeria from the start, especially on the left side through Louisa Necib, for whom the Africans had no answer.

Necib, capped 59 times, was voted Player of the Match in her first World Cup, but warned: "We have three finals to play during this first round even if we won the first and no-one can take those three points from us."

France are eighth and Canada ninth in the FIFA rankings.

Bureau Report

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