Brisbane Roar midfielder Katrina Gorry is confident her decision to knock back a call-up for this month’s Asian Cup in India won’t keep her out of Matildas’ squads in the future.
New mum Gorry was approached by Australia head coach Tony Gustavsson to make her return to the Matildas setup for the tournament after her return to playing with the Roar this summer.
The 29-year-old – capped 78 times by Australia – ruled herself out of selection however due to the difficulties of travelling with baby daughter Harper amid the COVID pandemic.
“It was a really hard decision but at the end of the day I need to keep Harper safe,” Gorry told Network Ten after the Roar’s 1-0 loss to Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday.
“When I spoke to the doctor, we just didn’t think that India was a very good idea for a four-and-a-half month old.”
After taking a break from the game during her pregnancy and following the birth of Harper, Gorry announced her comeback in October.
After coming off the bench in the Roar’s season-opener against Perth Glory, Gorry has been ever-present for Brisbane since then and was one of the best players on the park in the defeat to the Wanderers.
While Gorry won’t be part of Australia’s Asian Cup campaign, she’s hopeful her decision won’t prevent her being part of future Matildas camps leading into next year’s World Cup on homesoil.
“I’ll support them from afar and try and keep on playing well, keep on training, and hopefully see them next time,” she said.
“I really wish that I could be there but the circumstances are a bit different.”