Matildas delivered blow on eve of Women’s World Cup with Laura Alleway ruled out

  • Defender sustains suspected fractured foot
  • Matildas left with no back-up centre-back

Australia’s preparation for the Women’s World Cup has suffered an 11th hour setback with the withdrawal through injury of the experienced defender, Laura Alleway.

A veteran of two World Cups and a defensive lynchpin during the 2015 campaign in Canada, the 60-cap centre-back was expected to push starters Clare Polkinghorne and Alanna Kennedy for a first XI berth.

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