Norway sweat after playmaker Hansen suffers ankle injury

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Norway playmaker Caroline Graham Hansen said on Monday she was confident of being fit for their last 16 match on Saturday after sustaining an ankle injury in a 2-1 win over South Korea.

Hansen appeared in discomfort after a late challenge by Kang Chaerim when she won a penalty in the 49th minute of the Group A match but had to come off shortly after.

“I don’t know yet, but I couldn’t continue,” she told reporters. “The doctors are positive and think it will be ok, but I will wait for the answer.”

The Barcelona-bound forward had started the match by slotting home a fourth minute penalty, but looked frustrated on the wing as a feisty Korea dominated in the first half.

“It’s extremely important to get her back, but she’s a tough woman and we have good medical staff,” Norway coach Martin Sjogren told reporters. “We’ll see how the injury is tomorrow, but I believe she will be back.”

Norway will face either Italy, Brazil or Australia in the last 16 in Nice on Saturday.

“I’ve been impressed by Italy and Brazil, but whoever we meet it will be a challenge,” Sjogren said.

REUTERS/Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Ken Ferris

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