Sam Kerr contract rumour spreads on the day of Matildas star’s surgery to repair injured knee


Sam Kerr has reportedly signed a stress-relieving contract extension with Chelsea, with the rumour spreading on the day she underwent surgery to repair her injured knee.

The Matildas superstar is all but certain to miss this year’s Paris Olympics after suffering a ruptured ACL at Chelsea’s warm-weather training camp in Morocco last week.

Tied up in the devastation that she has been robbed of an important year — and so soon after a calf injury impacted her 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign — has been increased speculation over her future in the sport.

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Kerr’s contract with Chelsea officially expires at the end of the season, when her title-winning manager Emma Hayes will depart the club to coach the United States national women’s team.

The Aussie was lured over to England by Hayes in 2020 after only ever having played at home or in the US.

Questions surrounding where Kerr might prefer to play and live eased somewhat last month when her fiancee Kristie Mewis left her US club and moved to London on an 18-month contract with West Ham.

But Kerr’s ACL injury threw another spanner in the works — albeit for just a few days, according to ata football.

The outlet claims Kerr has already re-signed until at least 2025 and, in a key driver for the Australian on her rehab journey, with a further option to extend.

Sam Kerr’s Chelsea contract looks set to be extended despite her knee injury. Credit: Getty

Chelsea are yet to announce the purported new deal and Hayes, in fact, declined to go into any significant detail on Kerr’s future when she spoke on the day of the star striker’s surgery.

The manager’s words do, however, suggest that an extension appears to be a formality.

“The focus for Sam right now is on rehab,” Hayes told Sky Sports on Thursday

“I’m sure when the time is right to discuss her future, that will come from Sam and the club — but Sam loves Chelsea and Chelsea loves Sam, so I think that’s the most important thing to say on that front.”

Hayes said she was “gutted” for Kerr and the team and revealed just how the ACL injury occurred.

“Doing a football action she does every day — turning and shooting. Something every simple and innocuous,” she shrugged.

“These injuries happen in football, Sam knows that. I think the important thing is we are here to support her.

“The recovery, the rehab begins today. Today’s about letting her know she’s with her Chelsea family and we’ll look after her.”

Kerr, meanwhile, showed she was keeping her spirits up before the operation when she shared a photo of her Nike shoes.

“Still gotta wear fresh sneakers in the hospital,” she wrote.

Kerr’s solitary update from hospital. Credit: Instagram

Hayes shut down questions around the growing spate of serious knee injuries in the women’s game.

“This is not the moment to talk about how those things happen. They happen in the men’s and women’s game,” she said.

“Sometimes, we have a confirmation bias around ACL injuries, but they happen in the sport regardless of why they happen.”

Chelsea will play their first game with Kerr on the sidelines on Sunday, taking on none other than West Ham, featuring Mewis and Matildas stars Katrina Gorry and Mackenzie Arnold, in an FA Cup tie.

“I know Sam would expect me to say nothing less — our focus now has to be on the players that are fit,” said Hayes.

“I trust in the squad we have, and we have added to that as well. The focus and the attention has to go on the players that are here.”

Chelsea’s WSL season resumes following the winter break with a blockbuster home game against Manchester United.

Four days later the Blues will host Real Madrid, featuring Matildas speedster Hayley Raso, in the UEFA Champions League.

– with AAP




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