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London 2012 Olympics: Kelly Smith doubtful

Arsenal's Smith a doubt for Olympics after striker aggravates ankle injury

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21:43 GMT, 3 April 2012

Kelly Smith could struggle to be fit to represent Great Britain's women's football team at the Olympics after aggravating an ankle injury.

The Arsenal Ladies striker sustained the initial problem in England's defeat at France's hands in the Cyprus Cup on March 4.

At the time, Arsenal forecast she would be absent for less than a month after the injury setback.

Doubt: Kelly Smith (centre) faces a race to be fit for the Olympics

Doubt: Kelly Smith (centre) faces a race to be fit for the Olympics

However Smith incurred further damage when kicking a ball at a video shoot, according to BBC Sport.

Smith said: 'It's touch and go [for the Games]. It's not ideal.'

She added: 'I'll be out for a couple of months.

'Fingers crossed. I'm positive about it. It's a month or so before the squad is announced so we will see.'

In charge: Hope Powell will hope to have Smith available in July

In charge: Hope Powell will hope to have Smith available in July

Smith would appear certain to earn selection for Hope Powell's Olympics squad if she can demonstrate she can recover fitness in time for the tournament, which begins in late July.

The 33-year-old, who is England's all-time record scorer with 45 goals, began her third stint with Arsenal Ladies in March, after a stint in the United States with the Boston Breakers.