Player of the Year Harriet Scott out of Norway game but Louise Quinn passed fit

Mon, Jun 11 2018

Harriet Scott will miss out with a minor knee injury, which also kept her out of Friday's 2-0 loss in Tallaght. Credit: Laszlo Geczo (ETPhotos)

Republic of Ireland Player of the Year Harriet Scott will miss Tuesday's must-win World Cup qualifier with Norway through injury but fellow defender Louise Quinn has been passed fit.

Scott, who is without a club having left Reading in the off-season, has failed to recover from the minor knee injury that kept her out of Friday's 2-0 defeat in Tallaght.

There's better news for Arsenal centre-half Quinn, however, as she has been fitted with a facemask that will allow her to play with the broken nose that forced her off in the first half against Norway.

"We worked hard with Harriet to try and get her fit but it wasn't to be,” manager Colin Bell told the association's official website.

"I'm never going to risk the health of one of my players so I've made that decision to leave her out.

“It's been great to have her around the squad though as she's an important part of the journey we're on and a great influence on the other players.

"We've been able to get Louise a mask so she should be ok for the match. We'll obviously monitor it to make sure she feels she can play with the mask but her desire to play has been admirable.

"As soon as it happened, she wanted to get back on the pitch but we had to hold her back. It shows the passion and determination the players have for this team.

“They want to succeed and that's fantastic for me to see."

The Girls in Green face Norway at Viking Stadium in Stavager on Tuesday, with a kick-off time of 5pm Irish time, and the match will be broadcast live on RTÉ2.