VANCOUVER - Midfield dynamo Diana Matheson, sidelined with a serious knee injuries last October, makes Canada's 23-lady roster with this summer's World Cup.
What role she'll experience the area remains seen, however.
The 166-cap veteran, whose work ethic and passing help Canada unlock defences, tore her anterior cruciate ligament inside a 3- friendly loss to Japan. She's been seen with crutches in recent days after hurting a feet throughout her rehab.
Matheson walked gingerly lower the steps at Monday's announcement, going for a shorter route than her teammates.
Mind coach John Herdman, calling Matheson "among the best Canadians I have met, " stated the compact midfielder can really make a difference whether she plays or otherwise.
"Her health will not change up the leadership role she's from the pitch, " he told a news conference.
"Our goal would be to have her back playing for the reason that tournament, " he added. "And she's very obvious when there is ever an opportunity that they wouldn't have the ability to play, I understand from her perspective she wouldn't took a (Canadian) shirt.
"And when there's ever an opportunity she will not play, almost always there is the (roster) rule of 24 hrs prior to the Women's World Cup begins that Diana can hands that shirt to someone who can. But in either case, we'll have Diana Matheson around our atmosphere, because she gets an X component that can push us around the podium."
The 31-year-old native of Oakville, Ont., isn't any stranger to comebacks.
Matheson, who stands only a half-inch over five ft, had knee surgery to correct torn cartilage in her own right knee in November 2011. The time to recover was more than expected but she retrieved to participate in the 2012 Olympic games, scoring the stoppage-time goal that beat France within the bronze-medal match.
Defender Lauren Sesselmann, who tore up her knee in Feb 2014, has came back to action and it is around the roster.
Talismanic forward Christine Sinclair, with 222 caps and 153 worldwide goals, will again function as captain. The 31-year-old from Burnaby, B.C., is among six gamers around the squad using more than 100 national team looks.
Others are Matheson, fullback Rhian Wilkinson (163), midfielder Sophie Schmidt (131) and goalkeepers Karina LeBlanc (110) and Erin McLeod (104).
They make up the spine of the team that went from dead last in the 2011 World Cup towards the medal podium in the 2012 Olympic games working in london.
The made-for-TV roster announcement happened while it is raining at downtown Vancouver's Robson Square against a backdrop of screaming, flag-waving youthful women. Arm in arm, the Canadian team sang "O Canada" to finish the ceremony.