Soccer

Sinclair to start for Canada at Women's World Cup

CBC Sports has learned that Christine Sinclair, coping with a broken nose, will start for Canada against France on Thursday at the FIFA Women's World Cup (CBC, CBCSports.ca, noon ET).
Forward Christine Sinclair is Canada's all-time leader in goals and appearances. (Vincent Yu/Associated Press)

CBC Sports has learned that Christine Sinclair, coping with a broken nose, will start for Canada against France on Thursday at the FIFA Women's World Cup (CBC, CBCSports.ca, noon ET).

A high-ranking official from the Canadian Soccer Association confirmed to a CBC Sports reporter in Germany that Sinclair will suit up against the French.

Sinclair's status has been the hot topic of discussion the past few days.

Sinclair, a 28-year-old forward from Burnaby, B.C., broke her nose during Canada's opening 2-1 loss to the Germans on Sunday in Berlin.

She shook off the injury and went on to score a highlight reel goal, but Canada's captain did not participate in Tuesday's practice and only did some light training with her teammates on Wednesday.

The Canadian forward has been cleared to play against the French, though. She will be wearing a protective mask during the match that had to be approved by FIFA, soccer's world governing body.

Sinclair's inclusion in the starting lineup is a big boost for a Canadian side that can ill afford to lose or draw against the French if it has any chance of making it out of the group stage of the tournament.

Not only is Sinclair the team's captain and best player, she is also Canada's all-time leader in goals (117) and appearances (160).

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