Willie Kirk manager of Everton Ladies Everton Ladies v Reading Women WSL football match, Merseyrail Community Stadium, Southport, UK - 28 Apr 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Everton boss Kirk hoping to hand Australian international debut against Chelsea

Everton manager Willie Kirk is ready to hand Australian international forward Hayley Raso her debut when his side take on Chelsea at Walton Hall Park in the Women’s FA Cup quarter-finals next weekend according to reports on The Blue Girls’ official website.

The 25-year-old Brisbane-born forward joined the Merseyside club from Brisbane Roar in January but has been away on international duty with the Matildas where she picked up a broken nose.

Everton boss Kirk has today been speaking with the club’s official media channels and he has confirmed that he hopes that Raso will be involved for his side when they return to action against Chelsea next weekend.

The Blue Girls are bidding to reach a first Women’s FA Cup final in six years since they were defeated 2-0 by Arsenal at Stadium MK. With Everton playing some of their best football in several years and having done some excellent transfer business, the good times do not seem so far away on the blue side of Merseyside.

Forward Raso is one of several Australian players to come to the FA Women’s Super League in recent months. The player has 40 senior international caps to her name while she has club experience in both the Australian W-League and the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in the United States.

Raso could come up against Australian teammate Sam Kerr in next weekend’s clash with Chelsea at Walton Hall Park with the former Chicago Red Stars ace having recently joined Emma Hayes’ side.

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