ordan LeoBOCHUM, Germany -- While the Canadian womens soccer team practised for one of its most important games ever, captain Christine Sinclair was alone pedalling a bicycle furiously around an adjacent field. Sinclair may not be cleared to play Thursday against France, a match the Canadians cant afford to lose if theyre to advance at the FIFA Womens World Cup -- and theres little the 28-year-old can do about it except hope. "Obviously it could potentially be the biggest game of all of our careers in a couple of days, but weve got great doctors here who will hopefully get me ready," Sinclair said Tuesday, through swollen nose and bruised eyelids. "Obviously its a time crunch in a tournament like this. But its a 24-hour thing where were trying to take care of it as best we can, make it heal it as quickly as possible. "I dont know if you can stimulate bone growth. . .," she added with a half-hearted laugh. Sinclair had her nose broken during Canadas opening 2-1 loss to Germany, but convinced the team doctors to let her play on, scoring Canadas lone goal on a beautiful free kick. This time around, the doctors wont so easily be won over. "It was one thing in the heat of the moment of the game to convince the doctors to let me go back on, but theyve had time to sort of sit and go over things and its a little harder to convince them right now," Sinclair said. "Im preparing like Im going to play, just in case. Because I want to play." Preparing psychologically perhaps, but not physically. Sinclair was held out of the teams practice Tuesday. The pounding of running was still painful, she said, and practising less than 48 hours after the injury was too risky. She strapped on the protective face mask shed been fitted for a day earlier, and looked utterly miserable doing it. The armour-coloured contraption looked like something out of "The Man in the Iron Mask." Coach Carolina Morace appeared to be giving her a pep talk, periodically patting her on the shoulder. "Its hard because you dont have any peripheral vision," Sinclair said of the mask, which isnt the final version of the one shell wear. "Im trying to get used to it as best as possible. Obviously (the challenges playing) will be just vision problems, being aware of whats around me, and also being hesitant knowing my nose is broken." Dressed in baby blue running shoes, the five-foot-nine striker knocked the ball around lightly Tuesday, and then headed over to another field at the training grounds of German club VfL Bochum 1848 to ride her bike under the close watch of two trainers. Team doctors have the final say on whether shell play, while Morace said shell likely make a decision following Wednesdays practice. Sinclair hopes the team staff gives her until Thursday morning before crossing her out of the lineup. The medical staffs concern is that another blow could knock her out for the tournament. "But its also not wanting me to have to go through the pain of running with every step," she added. Losing Sinclair would be like the Lakers without Kobe -- a massive blow in Canadas key game of the World Cups opening round. The five-time finalist for FIFAs womens player of the year has 117 goals -- almost double the total of the rest of the team combined. Melissa Tancredi is second-highest with 13. "Of course (Sinclair) wants to play," Morace said. "She just wants to play. But of course we have to protect her. "(But) shes smart, shes co-ordinated, she knows how she can use her body, she knows how she can protect herself. If you saw the match (against Germany), you could see how she used her head even after she broke her nose." Either Jodi-Ann Robinson or Christina Julien could line up at forward alongside Tancredi and Jonelle Filigno in place of Sinclair, or Morace could change her formation to play with just two forwards or even one. With the top two teams in each group moving on, sixth-ranked Canada needs at least a draw against France to keep its hopes alive. No. 7 France has risen quickly up the FIFA rankings, and boasts 10 players from Olympique Lyonnaise, which won the womens Champions League title this season. The French were impressive in qualifying, winning 11 of their 12 matches, and scoring 53 goals while conceding just two. Sinclairs teammates are cautiously optimistic. "A little bit (concerned), its always in the back of our minds, but we have to be prepared that shes not going to be able to play, and plan accordingly," said midfielder Sophie Schmidt. "And if she does start, thats fantastic, but as teammates, were expecting her not to, and anything else will be bonus." Schmidt played in a face mask earlier this year after breaking her nose, and said it wasnt a nice experience. "It sucks to play with a mask, it limits your vision. I couldnt see anything, I had my head down," said Schmidt, who was doused with a bucket of Gatorade after practice -- it was her 23rd birthday. "I think it looks good on Sinc. If anything it will help the intimidation factor that she already has. It will add to it." They did their part to keep the mood light, said Schmidt. "We mostly made fun of her," she said with a laugh. Morace remains angry there was no foul called on the play that injured Sinclair, a hard elbow from Babett Peter as they were both racing for the ball. "The player has to be protected by the referee, otherwise it isnt all right," Morace said. "If we lose the best player like that, this is my concern." cheap jerseys from china. 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McCoy did not travel with the team for Sundays game in Arizona. His backup, Seneca Wallace, started Clevelands 20-17 overtime loss to the Cardinals.OAKLAND, Calif. -- Nick Foles didnt know he had etched his name in NFL history until after he came out of the game. That must have been because he was too busy shredding the Oakland Raiders defence to keep up with his impressive statistics. Foles tied an NFL mark with seven touchdown passes and threw for 406 yards to revitalize Philadelphias struggling offence in the Eagles 49-20 victory over the Raiders on Sunday. "A couple people came up to me and said that I tied the record with seven touchdowns," Foles said. "Its a great honour. Hats off to our guys for doing a great job." The backup quarterback connected three times with Riley Cooper to become the seventh passer in NFL history with seven TD tosses in a game. Peyton Manning did it for Denver on opening night this season against Baltimore. Foles also threw scoring passes to Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson as the Eagles (4-5) looked nothing like the offence that failed to score a touchdown in each of the past two weeks. "Every defence the past couple of weeks has been stopping us," McCoy said. "So today we were kind of feeling bottled up and we released everything. Its tough when youre not winning and youre not putting points up." The Raiders (3-5) had appeared much improved on defence in recent weeks but were completely flummoxed by coach Chip Kellys spread offence that stalled recently after a fast debut in the NFL. Foles completed 22 of 28 passes as he frequently exploited mismatches and blown coverages, starting with a 42-yard quick pass to Cooper on the opening drive when the Raiders had two defenders trying to match up with three receivers. McCoy took a short pass and ran 25 yards untouched for his score in the third quarter and Jackson raced past Mike Jenkins on his 46-yard touchdown later in the third. Foles then tied the record with a 5-yard pass to Cooper with 4:28 remaining in the third quarter, matching the mark also held by Sid Luckman, Adrian Burk, George Blanda, Y.A. Tittle and Joe Kapp. Burk did it for the Eagles in 1954 against Washington. With more than a quarter to go to break the record, Foles was unable to get the Eagles back into the end zone on the next two drives before being replaced by Matt Barkley. "I know what the record is," Kelly said. "But this isnt about records, its about going out and getting a win. If I put Nick out there to try to get a record and he gets hurt, thats being silly. Records are meant to broken when theyre supposed to be broken." That was about all Foles couldnt do in his first game since being held to 80 yards on 29 passes before leaving with a concussion two weeks ago against Dallas.dddddddddddd Foles only got another shot this week because regular starter Michael Vick reinjured his hamstring in a loss to the New York Giants last week. But now, it will be tough to take out Foles, who has 13 touchdown passes and no interceptions this season. "Everybody started acting like his career was over after that Dallas game but they forgot that he had played some good football before that," centre Jason Kelce said. "A lot of that criticism will probably be halted for at least one week." So too will the critiques of how Kellys offence will translate to the NFL. Viewed as revolutionary when the Eagles gained 322 yards in the first half of the season opener against Washington, the offence had been held to 478 yards and one field goal the past two weeks before breaking through against the Raiders. Foles repeatedly targeted rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden as he led the Eagles to touchdowns on their first four drives for the first time in three years. Hayden was beaten on successive plays by Cooper for a 17-yard completion and 63-yard touchdown early in the second quarter. "When a quarterback has seven touchdowns, we have to sit there and take that personal," cornerback Tracy Porter said. "We cant give a guy seven touchdowns in a game, let alone put up 49 points on us. It was flat-out embarrassing that we allowed that to happen." The Raiders couldnt keep up with Philadelphias torrid scoring pace despite gaining 560 yards -- their third-most ever and most since 1968. They had one first-quarter drive stall in the red zone for a field goal and then couldnt play catch-up in the second half when the Eagles turned a 28-13 halftime lead into a blowout. Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor threw for 288 yards and ran for 94 more, but also had two interceptions and took two sacks in a shaky performance. He left the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury that he does not believe is serious. "Its embarrassing," Pryor said. "I hate losing. Its not acceptable to me and I dont like it. All the guys in here agree with me. We have to do something about it instead of tanking it." NOTES: The 49 points for the Eagles were their most since beating Washington 59-28 in 2010. ... Oakland RB Darren McFadden left in the first half after re-aggravating a hamstring injury that kept him out of one game already this season. ' ' '