In­jury came at ‘worst pos­si­ble time’ for Cana­dian mid­fielder De­siree Scott

Na­tional team stal­wart suf­fered frac­tured right foot, won’t play in CONCACAF

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The last time De­siree Scott suf­fered a ma­jor in­jury, she was about 12 years old.

That bro­ken col­lar­bone was noth­ing com­pared to the frac­tured right foot she suf­fered in Septem­ber, on the first full day of train­ing camp for the CONCACAF women’s cham­pi­onship. The 31-year-old was out of the tournament be­fore it even started.

In the eight years since she de­buted for the Cana­dian women’s na­tional team, the squad De­siree Scott, right, is nick­named The De­stroyer for her dogged play.

has rarely been with­out The De­stroyer, the nick­name Scott earned for her dogged play in mid­field. She will likely play fewer than 10 game for her coun­try this cal­en­dar year, a ca­reer low; at one point, from 2012 to 2016, Scott played in 68 con­sec­u­tive Cana­dian matches.

This in­jury cane at the

“worst pos­si­ble time,” Scott told the Star from the tournament in Ed­in­burg, Texas, where Canada is 2-0 in the open­ing round, with an­other game Thurs­day against Costa Rica.

“It re­ally, re­ally sucks to be hon­est, if I’m keep­ing it real,” she said. “It’s kind of my first

ma­jor tournament that I’ve missed since I’ve been on the squad ...

“I’m try­ing to just keep a pos­i­tive head on my shoul­ders but, yeah, it sucks see­ing the team suc­ceed and not be­ing a part of that.”

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