Keira Walsh leaves England v Denmark on stretcher with knee injury

Keira Walsh has sustained what appeared to be a serious knee injury during England’s World Cup game against Denmark. The midfielder was in tears when taken off on a stretcher before half-time.

The Barcelona midfielder, a key part of England’s success at last year’s Euros and a vital element of the first XI at this tournament, twisted awkwardly after stretching to intercept a pass. She could be seen telling medical staff: “I’ve done my knee.”

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Three members of England’s Euros squad – Leah Williamson, Beth Mead and Fran Kirby – were ruled out of the World Cup with knee injuries. Williamson and Mead sustained ACL injuries, which are prevalent in women’s football.

England were leading 1-0 when Walsh was taken off with the injury to her right knee and Sarina Wiegman replaced her with Laura Coombs of Manchester City. Coombs, the oldest player in the squad at 32, returned to competitive senior England action in February after an eight-year absence.

Lauren James scored the goal which gave England the lead after being selected in place of Lauren Hemp.

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