‘Unthinkable’ to think about Matildas taking part in at Video games, says Australian star Steph Catley

“It is one thing that all of us desperately wish to occur, however it’s onerous to contemplate having that many various international locations or individuals from totally different international locations in the identical place [at the Olympics],” Catley mentioned.

“It looks like it might be unthinkable at this stage. As athletes all of us need the Olympics so unhealthy however, on the finish of the day, it is individuals’s lives. Well being and security comes first.

Steph Catley (right) has only played four WSL games for Arsenal since joining the club last year.

Steph Catley (proper) has solely performed 4 WSL video games for Arsenal since becoming a member of the membership final yr.Credit score:Getty

“It does appear a bit bit like a fantasy. I believe as effectively as a result of we have been so distant from the nationwide workforce. We have not had camps, we’ve not performed collectively for thus lengthy.

“Hopefully by that time within the yr we’re at a stage the place we’re good to go for the Olympics and we are able to work out a approach to host them safely. Till then we simply cross our fingers.”

Whereas Catley has been attempting to deal with membership duties, these too are being regularly disrupted. Arsenal have been because of face Aston Villa within the FA Ladies’s Tremendous League this weekend, however that match has been postponed because of a scarcity of gamers.

A lot of the Gunners squad is isolating after three gamers – together with Irish winger Katie McCabe – took an unsanctioned vacation to Dubai throughout the winter break and one among them examined constructive for COVID-19 upon their return.

The controversy has cut up the often harmonious WSL neighborhood. Reviews from the English press say a lot of their Arsenal teammates and membership staffers are livid with their conduct, whereas West Ham captain Gilly Flaherty mentioned these gamers ought to apologise for his or her actions, blaming elevated wages and off-field requirements for breeding “conceitedness” throughout the ladies’s sport.

“There have been just a few ladies who have been in Dubai for enterprise or for no matter cause it’s … [COVID] goes across the whole league and there is clearly been those that have gone off and visited household and pals and that is their choice in the long run,” Catley mentioned.

“I wasn’t actually annoyed. In the mean time COVID is all over the place. There’s individuals going to the grocery store, gamers going to the grocery store, coming again they usually’ve acquired COVID. I believe we had one constructive case and that is it for us. So long as the remainder of us are wholesome and we are able to get that participant again wholesome then we’re good to go.”

In the meantime, English authorities are dealing with an ever-worsening fixture backlog and are reportedly contemplating utilizing a coin toss to resolve the following two rounds of the ladies’s FA Cup as a result of the early rounds of the event are deemed “non-elite” and due to this fact cannot be performed below present COVID restrictions.

“To be sincere, nothing surprises me any extra about how soccer’s being organised or how the world’s being organised at this stage,” Catley mentioned.

“If meaning the competitors can maintain operating and that is the way in which to do it, I suppose that is what they need to do. But it surely does appear fairly unfair.”

Catley joined Arsenal final yr however has performed simply 4 WSL matches up to now because of a sequence of niggling accidents, the most recent being a hamstring pressure that she is hopeful of overcoming quickly.


She is but to listen to from Gustavsson – who formally started his tenure as Matildas coach this month – and has no thought when she may see her worldwide teammates once more.

“At this stage we’re banking on our Zoom conferences and crossing our fingers that issues get higher as a result of it is so onerous with everybody elsewhere to get everybody in the identical place,” she mentioned.

“Particularly with Australia – should you’re coming again into the nation it is tough, so it is onerous to get our employees over to the place we’re. There’s simply so many difficult issues that need to be solved earlier than we are able to get collectively, however we’ll make it work at some stage, and I actually cannot wait.”

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