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Kyah Simon sweating on scans ahead of Matildas’ Algarve Cup campaign

By Emma Kemp, Emma Kemp is a Roar Guru

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    Melbourne City’s historic W-League triumph was bittersweet for Kyah Simon, who will have a scan on Monday to determine if she can join the Matildas at the Algarve Cup.

    Simon was forced off the field one hour into Sunday’s 2-0 grand-final win over her former club Sydney FC after feeling a pull in the hamstring that had been bothering her in training during the week.

    It leaves the 26-year-old in significant doubt for next month’s Algarve Cup in Portugal, to which the Matildas are due to head on Tuesday.

    “If I had it my way I’d obviously still be on the plane to go it’s out of my control,” Simon told AAP.

    “It just depends on how bad it is – if it’s over two or three weeks that rules me out.”

    “It’s disappointing and bittersweet. We got the job done and I’m happy we won the championship.

    “It’s an enormous achievement. I’m so proud of all the girls.”

    The injury comes just as Simon was starting to enjoy injury-free football following double shoulder surgery and a long lay-off last year.

    Should she be ruled out of the Algarve Cup, the striker will focus on recovering in time for April’s Asian Cup in Jordan, which doubles as qualifiers for the 2019 World Cup.

    “That’s the silver lining in the situation, that it’s the Algarve Cup,” she said.

    “Obviously I want to play in it, but at the same time the biggest thing coming up is the Asian Cup and qualifiers.

    “I was feeling really good but disappointed about another little injury.”

    The immediate news was more positive for City teammate Lydia Williams.

    The first-choice Matildas goalkeeper required several minutes of medical treatment to her lower leg after successive collisions with Leena Khamis and Lisa De Vanna.

    She was relieved to escape with a corked leg and had no doubt she’d be on the plane.

    “It should be fine,” Williams said.

    “It’s basically a bruise to the muscle rather than any kind of (structural) damage, so it should be pretty easy to ice and rest.”

    © AAP 2018

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