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Women’s World Cup star Linda Caicedo was “tired” when she went down clutching her chest in training, Colombia coach Nelson Abadia said, and may not play against Germany on Sunday.

The 18-year-old Real Madrid forward was at the centre of a health scare on Thursday when she stopped running and lay on the ground holding her chest.

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Abadia on Saturday called it “an episode of tiredness, a bit of stress over her debut in a senior World Cup”.

“It was just an episode and she is ok now,” he added.

“Linda has overcome the event.

“Whether she will play, we have 24 hours or a bit more to decide.

“She is a very important player for football and for us in our game plan.”

Caicedo, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years ago but made a full recovery, is a rising star of women’s football.

She scored in Colombia’s opening 2-0 win over South Korea in her World Cup debut this week.

Colombia face two-time former World Cup champions Germany in Sydney with a place in the last 16 in Australia and New Zealand in sight.

Linda Caicedo collapsed during a training session. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)
Linda Caicedo collapsed during a training session. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)Source: AFP

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The reason behind FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s mad dash from the Women’s World Cup has been revealed after he popped up in the Cook Islands.

According to Sky News, Infantino was revealed to have left the Women’s World Cup after just five matchdays and gone to Tahiti after the outlet tracked the movements of a private jet known to be used by the FIFA boss.

However, news has since emerged of why Infantino departed the Women’s World Cup early as he became the first FIFA president to visit the Cook Islands.

Infantino’s visit was in relation to the FIFA Forward program where funds are being used to boost the profile of football in countries across Oceania.

“I am delighted to be in the beautiful Cook Islands, where you see everyone is crazy about football,” Infantino said.

“This is particularly evident as the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which is currently taking place, is also the World Cup of the whole of Oceania and a great celebration across all of the Pacific Islands.”

Infantino is reportedly set to make his way to Australia for a number of the remaining group stage games before he continues to visit a number of other Oceania member nations.

He’ll then return to New Zealand and Australia for the remainder of the tournament.

Womens’ World Cup Schedule – 29th July (All times AEST)

Group G: Sweden v Italy — 5:30pm

Group F: France v Brazil — 8pm

Group F: Panama v Jamaica — 10:30pm

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