Is Alex Morgan fit for USA's Women's World Cup showdown with France?

The USWNT superstar striker was subbed off early in group game against Sweden, but played in the last-16 win over Spain.

Will Alex Morgan be fully fit to face hosts France in the FIFA Women's World Cup quarter-finals?

The United States' superstar forward was replaced at half-time in their final group game against Sweden after suffering an apparent injury, but did return for the round of 16 win over Spain.

The 29-year-old was repeatedly sent sprawling to the ground in a physical game against the Spaniards, raising questions once more about how healthy she is.

But for the tournament's joint-top scorer (alongside Australia's Sam Kerr), who scored all five of her goals in a 13–0 win over Thailand, there are no questions to be answered.

"All good"

Speaking to ESPN outside the U.S. team hotel, Morgan insisted she was fine.

"All good, on the road to recovery, as we all are," she said. "Just preparing for next game."

The San Dimas, California, native has been fouled six times so far this tournament, more times than any other USWNT player.

"I'm pretty sure I got fouled in the double digits," she told American television after the Spain match. "It was a challenging one for me, but I had to just stay in it mentally."

But Morgan wouldn't let on anything more about her fitness to ESPN, only saying: "We need to do everything to get our bodies back right.

"I took quite a few tumbles but I'm feeling good that we're moving forward." - Alex Morgan speaking to ESPN

"An epic quarter-final that should be a final"

Spain proved surprisingly stubborn opposition for the Americans in the last 16 with a late penalty from Megan Rapinoe, her second of the match, seeing them through.

Now they face France at the historic Parc des Princes in Paris.

Asked by ESPN about the prospect of playing against the U.S.'s fellow favourites, Morgan said: "This is what we've been looking forward to for so long, ever since the groups were named.

"Everyone started talking about the epic quarter-final match-up that should be the final match-up, and here it is.

"You have to beat the best to be the best," she added.

Rio redemption

The United States are defending champions, having beaten Japan in the World Cup final four years ago in Vancouver, Canada.

But they suffered a shock exit at the hands of Sweden at Rio 2016, with Germany eventually taking the gold medal.

Morgan, an Olympic champion at London 2012, is wary of a repeat early elimination this year, with other teams expected to do well having been sent home.

"It's not going to be easy. The whole road, the knockout stage... we've already seen some major teams get knocked out in the round of 16 that were a little unexpected.

"For us, it's just getting pretty excited and pumped about it, knowing that this is what we've lived for, this is why we play the game.

"We're excited for it. We're ready."

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