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Canadian fullback Chapman resumes training, questionable for Germany

Fullback Allysha Chapman returned to training Monday, three days after her shoulder popped out during a violent collision in Canada's Olympic quarter-final win over France.

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Canada's Allysha Chapman (2) is questionable to return against Germany on Tuesday after her shoulder popped out against France in the quarter-finals. (Nelson Antoine/Associated Press)

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

Fullback Allysha Chapman returned to training Monday, three days after her shoulder popped out during a violent collision in Canada's Olympic quarter-final win over France.

Canada, ranked 10th in the world, is already without suspended fullback Josee Belanger for Tuesday's semifinal with No. 2 Germany. Coach John Herdman still has first-choice fullback Ashley Lawrence and veteran Rhian Wilkinson available if Chapman can't go.

But Herdman, at least publicly, was leaving the door open Monday for Chapman.

"She trained well," he told reporters. "A lot of her movement was there that we thought might have been limited. She's taking the injections she needs and she felt a lot looser and freer than she'd expected. So it was definitely a good news story in the training session.

"But as a coach you've got decisions to make. One player might not be at 100 per cent but who is at this time in the tournament. We'll make those decisions (Monday night) and keep our cards close to our chest."

The Canadian training session, at a local sports club whose front gate was ringed by police, was done by the time reporters were allowed in.

Herdman has called Chapman as "hard as nails," pointing out she took injections to keep playing through a torn oblique at last summer's World Cup.

But the 27-year-old from Courtice, Ont., was clearly in pain as she lifted her arm after the session, however, and had ice on the shoulder.

So far Lawrence has started three matches here, Wilkinson and Chapman two each and Belanger one.

Each brings something different to the team. Chapman is a bulldog-like defender with good wheels while Belanger, a converted forward, offers speed and good attacking skills. Wilkinson is a smart, experienced defender but, at 34, is lacking pace.

The 21-year-old Lawrence, who can play both sides, can motor and has the ability to take on defenders.

Should Herdman be without Chapman in addition to Belanger, centre back Shelina Zadorsky could shift to fullback if a replacement is needed during the match. Zadorsky played left back at the Pan American Games. Rebecca Quinn could come in at centre back.

"That's been the beauty of this team," said Herdman. "We've had some tournaments where these players have all had a chance to play in different positions. I think that's where our strength is — that adaptability."

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