World Cup fever is reaching women’s football with less than two months to go for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. National teams from practically the entire planet are preparing for the last FIFA date and the subsequent appointment.
However, many of them are suffering heavy casualties due to long-standing injuries. Between tearing the anterior cruciate ligament and other knee ailments, players have been adding and adding that they will not be able to participate in the Planetary event. Now Katarina Macario has been added.
The American midfielder, who plays for Olympique de Leon, confirmed Tuesday that she is pulling out of the 2023 Women’s World Cup after discussions with the USA team coach. Vlatko Andonovski advised Kat to recover well from injury rather than force himself to return early.
Macario published a statement on his social networks where he explained that he is still not well from the injury he sustained on June 1, 2022. I am not physically ready to be part of the US team at the World Cup.”
“My desire to play for my country again has fueled my preparation and fueled my day to day. But the most important thing right now is my mental health and getting back in shape for my next season at the club. I am grateful to the doctors for always supporting me and guiding me in my rehabilitation,” Macario said.
In conclusion, the midfielder said that “to US Soccer and Vlatko Andonovski for prioritizing my long-term health over any individual or collective ambition. I will strongly support my teammates at the World Cup, and I look to the future so that I can I can dedicate myself to the fight so that I hope to have a long future with Team USA.
Which other players will miss the Women’s World Cup?
For example, Leah Williamson, Fran Kirby and Beth Mead have already been confirmed as casualties in England. Skipper tore his ACL in mid-April, while Kirby confirmed that he would not take up the appointment. In the case of Mead, it hasn’t been ruled out 100% yet, but it’s possible it won’t get there.
Likewise, in the United States they have two more casualties besides Caterina Macario: Kristen Press and Mallory Swanson. France lost Marie-Antoinette Catoto, while Vivienne Miedema did not arrive in the Netherlands.
Still have more? Yes, Brazil lost Ludmila, Denmark Stine Larsen, Norway Maria Thorisdottir and Canada Janine Beckie. And without going further, in Colombia they also lose Gisela Robledo, who will not reach medical leave before the appointment of the Planetes.