Hopes grow that Keira Walsh injury not as severe as feared

Keira Walsh leaves the field

Keira Walsh left the field on a stretcher after injuring her knee during England’s victory over Denmark at the World Cup – Zac Goodwin/PA Wire

Hopes are growing that Keira Walsh has not suffered a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury after she was carried off the field on a stretcher against Denmark.

However, the chances of her playing again in this World Cup are slim as the Football Association is still assessing the extent of the damage.

The concern is that she has instead damaged the medial ligaments in her knee but the initial assessment of the scan is unclear.

The FA is unlikely to rule the Barcelona midfielder out of the World Cup at this stage but it would appear certain she will miss the final group game against China on Tuesday and the round of 16 game next week too.

The recovery from any sort of ligament damage in the knee is normally weeks rather than days.

Given her importance to the team it would appear likely that Walsh will be allowed to stay with the squad and work on her rehabilitation.

The FA has remained tight lipped on the extent of the injury and have offered no updates since Friday night.

However, Telegraph Sport has heard from multiple sources that the damage does not appear to be as bad as initiallyfeared.

Speaking after Friday’s match, England manager Sarina Wiegman said: “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.

“Of course it’s not nice when a player goes off the pitch that way, but we also know, unfortunately, sometimes these things happen in football, and you just have to move on, you’re at the World Cup. You want to win that game so we really had to adapt to a new situation as quickly as possible, so that’s what we did.”

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