England coach Mark Sampson is hopeful goalie Karen Bardsley will be able to play in Wednesday's Women's World Cup semifinal against Japan.
Bardsley left Saturday's quarterfinal match against Canada in the second half with swelling under her right eye. Siobhan Chamberlain held Canada scoreless after replacing Bardsley.
“She looks like she's in a better place,” Sampson said Sunday, according to the Associated Press. “I think by tomorrow, she'll be good to get herself back on the training field and up for selection for what should be a really big game for us.”
The team believes the swelling was caused by some sort of allegeric reaction.
Bardsley has started each of England's five games in the tournament and allowed a total of three goals.
The winner of Wednesday's game will face the winner of Tuesday's USA-Germany semifinal in the World Cup final.
- Dan Gartland