Canada’s Schmidt to play through pain vs. Swiss


Canada's Sophie Schmidt. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

Sophie Schmidt is expected to play in Sunday’s round-of-16 game against Switzerland in Vancouver at the Women’s World Cup.

But the influential midfielder from Abbotsford, B.C., will likely be playing in pain.

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Schmidt came off in the 81st minute of Canada’s 1-1 tie with the Netherlands on Monday after falling awkwardly challenging for a ball.

Coach John Herdman said she has a painful bruise around the hip that has limited her mobility.

But the coach says Schmidt will not miss an opportunity to play in such a big game close to home.

The team had targeted a round-of-16 return for veteran midfielder Diana Matheson, who is coming off knee surgery and a broken foot.

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