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Tokyo Olympics: Man City goalkeeper Karen Bardsley withdraws from UK squad due to injury | Football news

England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley withdrew from the British squad for the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer due to an injury.

The 36-year-old Manchester City player, one of two goalkeepers in Hege Riise’s 18-man squad for the Games, suffered an injury while playing on loan at OL Reign last month.

A two-time World Cup semi-finalist with England – including bronze in 2015 – and a member of the London 2012 Olympics squad, Bardsley said: “After a difficult return to fitness and in form, being selected for Tokyo was the best achievement.

“Then to be forced to forfeit because of an injury so close to the Games is devastatingly cruel.

“Whatever the situation, I will do everything I can to help my teammates and the GB team every step of the way. I wish everyone success.”

GB Football head coach Hege Riise added: “Losing Karen is a big blow for us – but more importantly for her.

“She’s been an incredible international goalkeeper for many years and her presence in the squad would have helped the younger players in the squad as well. “

A decision on his replacement will be announced in due course, with the GB team taking on Chile on the opening day of the competition, which runs from July 21 to August 6.





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