Brazil unsure if Marta will play against Australia

Published 5:39 p.m. ET June 12, 2019

PARIS (AP) — Brazil played coy on the status of star player Marta ahead of its Women’s World Cup match against Australia, a team reeling from a first-round upset and unsure if it will face the six-time FIFA Player of the Year.

Marta did not play in Brazil’s opening game against Jamaica because of a left thigh injury, but the forward has been transitioned from medical treatment to training. She got in two days of practice ahead of Thursday’s Group C game at Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier.

“Marta went back to training, we are still going to have a meeting to see how she feels and make a decision,” said Brazil coach Vadao. “We’ve increased the training bit by bit until we have certainty. We are going through the motions with Marta.

“Will she be in the pitch? Probably. But we haven’t had a chance to make a decision yet.”

Even without Marta, Brazil rolled to a 3-0 opening game win over Jamaica to end a nine-game losing streak. Cristiane became the oldest player to notch a hat-trick at the World Cup when the 34-year-old striker scored on a header, a tap-in and a free-kick.

She claimed the record from Cristiano Ronaldo,…

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