FRUSTRATED Tameka Butt wants to be on the pitch for Australia
FRUSTRATED Tameka Butt wants to be on the pitch for Australia on Sunday with just a point needed to qualify for the 2015 World Cup after a recurring ankle injury forced her out of the Matildas’ win on Friday.
The W-League’s Julie Dolan Medal winner is hoping to start her first AFC Asian Cup clash against host Vietnam at Thong Nhat Stadium, where a draw would not only give Australia a berth for Canada but also guarantee a semi-final place.
Coach Alen Stajcic expects Butt to start after the Brisbane Roar midfielder, who is bound for Japan’s Iga FC after the tournament, trained effectively on Saturday but made sure her right ankle was packed in ice as soon as the session ended.
She played a cameo role in the 2-2 opening-round draw with Japan on Wednesday and was expected to start her first match of the tournament in Australia’s 3-1 win over Jordan but was ruled out.
“It’s on the mend,”Butt said after training on Saturday.
“I copped a bit of a knock before the game. It’s an impact (injury).
“It just kind of niggled my old injury but it wasn’t too bad. It set me back for the last game.
“It’s been very frustrating. I have been frustrated since the Brazil games (in April) when it happened.”
Butt did not believe Australia would be playing for a draw against Vietnam.
The home side needs to beat Australia to qualify for the Asian Cup semi-final after losing 4-0 to table topping Group A side Japan on Friday.
Australia have four points to be equal with Japan.
Vietnam are sitting third with three points after beating Jordan 3-1 in the opening game of the tournament.