Westfield Matildas keeper Arnold lauds Gorry's reaction to injury blow
Westfield Matildas playmaker Katrina Gorry’s injury may have been a traumatic blow but the Brisbane Roar midfielder is choosing to keep her head high and it’s having a positive effect on the team, according to goalkeeper and teammate Mackenzie Arnold.
Brisbane’s title hopes hit a speedbump last week when Gorry suffered a high ankle sprain, ruling her out of the remainder of their Westfield W-League campaign.
Thankfully for Gorry and the Westfield Matildas, the issue won't have any effect on her hopes of featuring at this year's FIFA Women's World Cup in France.
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But far from sulking in the corner, Gorry has maintained a presence at the training ground, something Arnold says is pushing the Roar onward.
“She’s been really good around the team, although it’s upsetting for her she could be a real negative on the team but she hasn’t been,” Arnold told matildas.com.au.
“She’s been coming to every training and getting around the girls and still has a smile on her face so it’s really nice for her to do that for us.”
Although undeniably an ill-timed obstacle for the Sunshine State club, Arnold said it would open the door for one of their bright young stars to make an impact.
“It was a really big blow for us especially as she was just coming back from her suspension so we were all looking forward to it,” Arnold revealed.
“Even just watching the injury happen itself it came from nothing so to have that big of a blow for the team is really upsetting for us but I think it gives young Hollie Palmer a really good opportunity to come in.
“The game’s that she has started she’s done really well so we’re all really proud of her and getting around her so that’s exciting for her.”
With the World Cup fast-approaching on the horizon, Arnold said it’s an exciting time for all players hoping to be involved in Alen Stajcic’s squad.
The Westfield Matildas hav already lined-up some key pre-tournament matches, including the Cup of Nations on home soil next month.
“The last four or five national team games we’ve had on home soil have been ridiculous,” Arnold admitted.
“The crowds that have come out have been outstanding and it’s a great time to play in front of our friends and family because we don’t get that opportunity very often.
“To be able to do that ahead of the World Cup is really good for us and positive going forward."