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Kadeisha Buchanan trains with Chelsea for the primary time

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Chelsea defender Kadeisha Buchanan has educated together with her new teammates for the primary time following her summer time switch from French giants Lyon.

The Blues introduced Buchanan’s arrival on three-year contract again in early June following her departure from Lyon on the finish of her contract there.

The centre-back gained 5 Division 1 titles and 5 Champions League trophies throughout six seasons in France, profitable the final of these simply final season – Buchanan was a primary half substitute as Lyon reclaimed their European crown with a convincing win over Barcelona in Could.

26-year-old Buchanan, who made her Canada debut in 2013 and first shone internationally on the World Cup on dwelling soil in 2015, was on obligation together with her nationwide crew on the 2022 CONCACAF W Championship earlier in the summertime however is now accessible for pre-season after a summer time break.

Canada cruised to the event’s ultimate after beating Trinidad & Tobago, Panama, Costa Rica and Jamaica with out conceding. However a tightly contested showpiece towards the USA was determined by an Alex Morgan penalty within the ultimate quarter-hour.

Buchanan was seen coaching with Chelsea on Monday carrying equipment with the quantity 26 on it. She will probably be much more of a lift to a defence that solely conceded 11 objectives within the WSL final season, however it’s her expertise within the Champions League that’s maybe extra vital to the Blues, who misplaced the 2021 ultimate and are decided to be the primary English membership to win the competitors since 2007.

The Canadian wasn’t the one Chelsea participant to start their pre-season on Monday, with Pernille More durable additionally again with the group for the primary time since representing Denmark at Euro 2022.

Quite a lot of Chelsea gamers, together with Magdalena Eriksson, Fran Kirby, Millie Brilliant and new signing Johanna Rytting Kaneryd, will return to coaching with the membership sooner or later after going to the latter levels of Euro 2022 final month.

Chelsea will quickly head to the USA to participate within the pre-season Girls’s Worldwide Champions Cup the place they’ll face Lyon on 17 August, an early reunion together with her previous crew for Buchanan, after which both Portland Thorns or Monterrey three days later.

Chelsea’s first WSL recreation of the brand new season will see West Ham go to Stamford Bridge.

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