Canadian women’s national-team coach John Herdman unveiled the 18-player roster for the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio, but the goalkeeping situation still isn’t quite clear.
With regular No. 1 Erin McLeod out of the equation with a career-threatening injury, Stephanie Labbe has taken over as the new starter of choice. But who else goes on the trip? Despite the fact that her broken wrist hasn’t healed, Sabrina D’Angelo was named to the final squad. And, with there being only 18 spots on an Olympic rosters, there wasn’t room for more than two keepers. So, young keeper Kailen Sheridan will join a reserve squad of four players — that also includes forward Gabrielle Carle, midfielder Kaylyn Kyle and defender Marie-Eve Nault.’
“With Sabrina and the recovery on her injury, she’s in great hands,” said Herdman. “She’s got good medical care around her, she’s going to be working around the clock to fit the return-to-play plan, which has her arriving back on the pitch in around the July 20 mark. That’s an eight-week turnaround since (the injury), which is tight. She’s young, it’s not the hand that she’s fractured before, so there’s an anticipation she’ll turn around well as long as we manager her carefully..”
But, Herdman said that, of any of the four taxi-squad players, Sheridan will be the one who will be kept closest.
“We’ve committed to keeping Kailen Sheridan close to the team” said Herdman. “We took her into the Algarve Cup to give her some game time there. And she’ll be training every day with the team in preparation that something does go awry with D’Angelo’s recovery.”
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