Abby Dahlkemper (#13 Manchester City) tackles Vivianne Miedema (#11 Arsenal) during the FA Women’s Super League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Meadow Park in Borehamwood - Federico Guerra Moran/Sports Press Photo

Manchester City defender expected to return as United States face France

Manchester City defender Abby Dahlkemper will be fit in time for the United States’ international friendly game against France tonight, according to head coach Vlatko Andonovski.

The 27-year-old was absent from the squad for the 1-1 draw against Sweden on Saturday, a result that saw the United States’ 16-game winning run come to an end, with what was described as a ‘small injury’.

City’s January signing has been in fine form since her arrival in England, playing her part in keeping eight clean sheets in 11 games in both the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

Speaking in the United States’ pre-match press conference, head coach Vlatko Andonovski said that Dahlkemper is expected to be fit to face France.

“Abby is doing well,” he said. “She will be fit for selection and we will just have to decide whether she is going to be starting or not.”

Fellow City player Sam Mewis was also a discussion point for the Macedonian as her involvement in the game against Sweden was limited to a 25-minute appearance from the bench. The 28-year-old was making her return to the international scene after she missed the SheBelieves Cup in February due to an ankle injury.

Mewis’ appearance also resulted in her sharing the pitch with her older sister Kristie for the first time since the United States’ 2-0 win against The Netherlands back in November, a game which saw the elder sister score the second goal of that game.

Andonovski was keen to stress that despite being on the bench for the last game, the City midfielder will still be considered to start tonight’s game.

“All 23 players will be considered for the starting positions,” he said. “Sam [Mewis] is an incredible player. She has shown that in the past and she has shown that when she got on the field in the previous game, so along with all the other players that are healthy and fit, she will be considered.”

The United States’ international friendly match against France in Le Havre kicks-off at 8.10pm this evening.

 

Article author: Lewis Walsh

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