Bev Priestman’s Canada are gearing up to face Australia twice in the space of five days starting on Friday night at Victoria’s Starlight Stadium. The primary focus, of course, will be on Christine Sinclair, but it sounds like Priestman may have to deal with the absence of two important players.

While Friday night is part one of Sinclair’s final bow in BC, Evelyne Viens might not be able to make the occasion.

The Roma striker was absent from the Italian side’s matchday squad for the win over Fiorentina on Sunday after suffering an injury in the UEFA Women’s Champions League victory over Ajax in midweek.

Viens hit the turf in the 71st minute after going up for an aerial challenge, landing nastily on her ankle. She was evidently in significant discomfort after the incident and limped out of the game supported by a member of the medical staff.

The exact nature or extent of the injury has not yet been confirmed, but her omission from Roma’s roster on Sunday means her participation in BC surely has to be in question.

Then, on Sunday, Canada suffered another blow as key midfielder Julia Grosso had to be substituted out of Juventus’ clash with Napoli with her own injury problem. This one will be particularly hard for Canadians to watch, as Grosso went down moments after a challenge with what looked like a nasty landing.

Any lengthy absence would be a huge shame for both Grosso and Viens, as well as huge losses for Priestman.

Reports out of Turin after the game suggested that Grosso has sprained her ankle but that the injury will need to be more closely evaluated. Canadians will be thankful it’s not a worse diagnosis. It was hard not to look at the way Grosso went down and stayed down after her awkward landing and hold some serious concern for her immediate future, particularly with how common bad knee injuries have become in women’s soccer.

Viens already has eight goals in her first 11 Roma games since moving to Italy from Sweden in the summer. It’s been an incredibly impressive start and proof that her remarkable goalscoring record at Kristianstad could translate to a higher level. Though she doesn’t always get on the field, the prolific 26-year-old has become an important attacking option for Canada, appearing in all three of the team’s World Cup games last summer and starting CanWNT’s last match, the 2-0 win over Brazil in Halifax.

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Meanwhile, Grosso has three goals already for Juventus this season and is a key piece of Canada’s midfield, operating as a deep-lying playmaker and playing a vital role whenever she’s on the field in helping the team tick over in possession. The 23-year-old Vancouverite has seen the field in all four of Canada’s matches during the World Cup and would have been eagerly looking forward to the doubleheader near her hometown.

Canada, Juventus, and Roma fans will nervously await the prognosis of the absences. If either Grosso or Viens are out for any length of time, they’ll be sorely missed by both club and country.