Aussies Abroad preview: Raso may debut against Kerr in Women’s FA Cup showdown
Hayley Raso could be in line for her Everton debut against Westfield Matildas teammate Sam Kerr’s Chelsea in the Women’s FA Cup quarter finals this weekend.
The former Brisbane Roar attacker’s first appearance since joining the FA Women’s Super League outfit in January has been on hold while she recovered from having surgery on a broken nose in Australia.
Raso returned to the field for the first time since suffering the injury during the Green and Gold’s triumphant two-legged Olympic Games playoff victory against Vietnam – where she scored the second goal in the away leg to clinch a 7-1 aggregate win.
Now back in match shape, the 25-year-old will need to prove her fitness to her new club ahead of the winner-takes-all clash to decide which side advances to the final four of the English knockout competition.
Everton beat Chloe Logarzo’s Bristol City 5-0 in the fifth round to advance to the quarter finals, while Kerr featured as a substitute in Chelsea’s 1-0 win against Liverpool in the last 16 encounter.
A week of travel and acclimatising to her new home may mean Raso's debut remains on ice for another week, and Kerr is in a similar boat, ahead of the Toffees' match against the Blues at Walton Hall Park at 1am AEDT on Monday.
Before the potential Westfield Matildas showdown takes place, Caitlin Foord's Arsenal meet North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in another quarter-final clash on Sunday at 11.30pm.
In the other Women's FA Cup last eight ties, Leicester City play Manchester City and Brighton & Hove Albion face Birmingham City.
Mary Fowler made her debut in France during Montpellier’s 5-0 reverse against star-studded Ligue 1 leaders Lyon back in February, and the teen striker could be set for a second appearance since moving to Europe on Sunday at 12.30am.
Fowler came on in the 59th minute of the heavy defeat in Decines-Charpieu and will be ready for more minutes when her fourth-placed side in Feminine Division 1 take on struggling Olympique Marseille.