Smith faces prospect of injection
Friday 28 August 2009
Kelly Smith, England's only world-class female footballer, faces the prospect of a second injection in a week today as England seek to remain in the Uefa Womens Championship.
England lost their opening tie 2-1 to Italy on Tuesday making victory against outsiders Russia imperative in Helsinki this evening. Smith, who endured a painful 45 minutes in that match, as England sought to overcome the early dismissal of Casey Stoney, hopes to play. Though the Boston Breakers striker had a cortisone jab at the weekend her knee may require a pain-killing injection. "It's worth it," she said." Playing at this level for your country, you're willing to do anything."
Russia, who have never won a finals match, were beaten 6-0 when the teams last met, in March 2007, but have improved markedly since. "If we turn up like we did against Italy we're going to be heading home early, so we have to buck our ideas up," said the former Arsenal striker.
TV: Eurosport 18.00
Latest in Sport
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 3 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 4 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27