England ahead Fran Kirby will miss the Ladies’s World Cup after confirming she would require surgical procedure on a knee damage that may see her sidelined for a “important interval”.
The 29-year-old has not performed since struggling the knee damage throughout Chelsea’s League Cup semi-final victory away towards West Ham United in February, and acquired injections in March, however now a specialist has decided that surgical procedure is required.
Kirby mentioned in an announcement: “Sadly, after a couple of months of rehab the choice has been made that I’ll require surgical procedure on my knee. I’ve been making an attempt my greatest to not should endure this however sadly my progress has been restricted as a result of subject in my knee.
“I’m completely gutted to announce that this implies my season is over and I will be unable to make the World Cup in the summertime. I’m going to be doing all the things potential to be prepared for the beginning of subsequent season and wish to want my team-mates at Chelsea the perfect of luck for the remainder of the season, and my Lioness team-mates the perfect of luck for the summer season.”
From the viewpoint of Sarina Wiegman’s England group, simply two-and-a-half months earlier than the World Cup, Kirby joins a worryingly-long listing of damage absentees that already contains captain Leah Williamson and Euros Golden Boot winner Beth Mead, with the previous out till the winter and the latter requiring a “miracle” to be slot in time. Barcelona right-back Lucy Bronze and Chelsea centre-back Millie Vivid are additionally each out and dealing with a race to make the event, being co-hosted in Australia and New Zealand. All of these gamers have been hit by knee accidents of various severity.
An announcement from Chelsea mentioned: “Following an damage sustained throughout our Continental League Cup semi-final towards West Ham, Fran has been reviewed at Cobham by the Chelsea medical group.
“Following that assessment and additional dialogue with a specialist, Fran is ready to endure surgical procedure and is anticipated to be sidelined for a major interval. Fran will start a rehabilitation programme with assist from the membership’s medical group. Everybody at Chelsea sends their greatest needs to Fran in her restoration.”