England hopes at Women’s World Cup dealt blow as star player Jordan Nobbs ruled out of tournament
JORDAN NOBBS has been ruled out of the Women’s World Cup after undergoing surgery on Monday.
The England and Arsenal midfielder ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament in Arsenal’s Women’s Super League game with Everton in November.
Nobbs, who has 56 senior caps for the Lionesses had already been ruled out for the rest of the season but it was hoped she would be able to feature in France next summer.
England manager Phil Neville said: “We are all wishing Jordan a speedy recovery and will be supporting her every step of the way throughout her rehabilitation process.
“She is an invaluable member of the Lionesses squad and played a huge part in helping us secure our place at next summer’s Women’s World Cup finals in France.
“Naturally we are disappointed that a player of Jordan’s ability and importance will not be able to take part in the World Cup, but the priority is that she returns to full fitness and can look forward to many exciting years ahead playing for both her club and country.”
The news comes just one day before England will find out their group opponents for the tournament next summer.
England finished third in the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada and have set their sights high for France.
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