Canada's Amber Allen out of Olympic soccer tournament
A recurring leg injury will prevent veteran forward Amber Allen from competing for the Canadian women's soccer team at the Beijing Games.
The Canadian Soccer Association announced Sunday that Allen will not compete in China. Allen will be replaced by Jodi-Ann Robinson, who was previously selected as a team alternate on the 18-player roster.
"Everyone feels badly for Amber," team manager Les Meszaros told the Canadian Press. "Unfortunately injuries happen in sport. The team gathers itself and moves on. It's a setback for her. We are going to try and use it within the team to try and be better."
"With the increased amount of time playing, and training, it has recurred. She couldn't continue," added Meszaros.
Allen previously missed two FIFA Women's World Cups because of the same injury (in 2003 and 2007).
After going through a rehabilitation program, the native of Chilliwack, B.C., rejoined the national team and played in five games for Canada in 2008, including a 1-1 tie with New Zealand on July 26 in Singapore.
Robinson, 19, has six goals in 30 games for the national team, including four goals in 14 games in 2008.
Ranked ninth in the current FIFA world rankings, Canada plays Argentina on Wednesday, China on Saturday, and then No. 3-ranked Sweden on Aug. 21.
The U.S., Norway, Japan and New Zealand make up another group. The final group has defending World Cup champion Germany, World Cup finalist Brazil, North Korea and Nigeria.
The top two teams in each group advance to the quarter-finals along with the two best third-place teams.