City and England Women’s captain Steph Houghton has withdrawn from the Lionesses’ squad after sustaining an ankle injury.
The injury was picked up through the group’s closing coaching session earlier than dealing with North Macedonia at St. Mary’s Stadium this night.
The City skipper will return to the City Football Academy for additional evaluation.
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Following Steph’s withdrawal, Arsenal’s Leah Williamson will captain her nation in England’s first FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 qualifying fixture in Southampton.
England Women’s head coach, Sarina Wiegman stated “First and foremost we wish to want Steph a speedy restoration and hope to see her again match quickly.
“This can also be an thrilling alternative for Leah Williamson to put on the captains armband at senior degree for the primary time and I look ahead to seeing her in motion.
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“We hope to see as a lot of our followers as potential at this night’s match as we get our World Cup marketing campaign underway.”
Tickets for this night’s match are nonetheless out there at thefa.com/tickets and also will be out there to buy on the stadium.