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FIFA Women’s World Cup: Midfield lynchpin Keira Walsh stretchered off the ground as injury woes continue for England

England’s world cup dreams suffered a major blow after star midfielder Keira Walsh was taken off the field after appearing to have injured her knee during a crucial encounter against Denmark women, where the Lionesses prevailed over the Danes by 1-0, courtesy a Lauren James wonder at the goal on the sixth minute. She seems to have jarred her knee in at attempt to recover the lost ball.

A huge blow for the English women

Keira Walsh, who is considered to be a midfield lynchpin of the Lionesses, has been one of the top performers for them since last few years. She has been the pivot for England and was spearheading her team’s midfield in the EURO last year, which was won by them. She was seen crumpling on the turf, with her hands touching the knee, and immediately was asked for medical assistance, on the 38th minute. She was replaced by Laura Coombs, after she was stretchered off the field, with her hands on her head, ruing her lost opportunity of playing the remaining game.

She was attempting a slide tackle to retrieve the ball, but immediately caught her studs and bruised her knee, and soon she knew the injury was not good and summoned medical assistance.

“I’m concerned”

When asked about an update of her extent of the injury, England manager Sarina Wiegman informed, “Of course I’m concerned because she couldn’t walk off the pitch, but we don’t know yet, so we can’t take any assumptions. Let’s just wait until we really have a diagnosis and then we can tell you. You saw what we did, [Georgia] Stanway dropped back and Laura [Coombs] came in. Yes, of course we had to find our feet a little bit. You saw different stages. We really dominated the first half. Then Keira went out and we had to adapt to the situation.”

Walsh adds to the list of injury woes for the Lionesses as seasoned stars Beth Mead and Leah Williamson, both recuperating at home. The 26-year old Barcelona star could have been instrumental in leading England to the coveted spectacle, but her getting sidelined should not be a good news for the team.

Sky Sports News heard Millie Bright saying about the potential regrouping after Walsh’s layoff, as she said, “You don’t want to see anyone go off like that. In that first minute, you’ve got a million things going through your head, most importantly to give the player time and space. Then instantly you have to snap out of it, regroup, make changes and get straight back into the game. We’ve still got the rest of the first half and the second half.”

She further continued, “Half-time was just about the team, it has to be. We have to gather and get the job done. That’s what I mean about mentality, to be able to overcome that. We’re all behind Keira, whatever the circumstances are. We’re behind her no matter what.”

It will be a necessity for the Lionesses to regroup and march ahead if they want to repeat their EURO performance again, as it will be difficult for them as they will proceed to the knockout stages.

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