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  • Injury set-back for Canadian u17s


    Canadian u-17 keeper Maxime Crepeau has been ruled out of the remainder of the group stage of the u17 World Cup.

    A best case scenario would see the Montreal Impact prospect return to action in two weeks. Head coach Sean Fleming gave high praise to his keeper while speaking to media today from the team's hotel in Pachuca, Mexico.

    "He's a great kid. Even injured he is playing a big role - he's part of our leadership group."


    Fleming did not indicate who would take over as Canada's No 1, but Toronto FC Academy's Quillan Roberts was called into action after Crepeau was subbed off against Uruguay.

    Fleming said the team has full trust in all its keepers.

    "The way I'm looking at it is as an opportunity for one of them to step up."

    Canada plays England tomorrow at 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT. Although they do not technically need a result to advance it would be very difficult to do so without taking something from the game.

    Fleming denied that the boys are having any difficulty bouncing back from Sunday's 3-0 defeat to Uruguay, a result that was likely a bit harsh when factoring Canada's overall play. Uruguay did not score until the 57th minute and both the second and third goal came late, with Canada pressing.

    "We're looking at it as a challenge," Fleming said. "Each game is an opportunity to make history for Canada. We're motivated by that."

    The game can be seen live in Canada on CBC Bold.

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