Arsenal & England captain Leah Williamson forced off with suspected knee injury in crucial WSL clash with Manchester United

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Arsenal and England captain Leah Williamson was forced off with a suspected knee injury early in the crucial WSL clash against Manchester United.
  • Williamson goes down in 11th minute
  • Match carries WSL title implications
  • World Cup fast approaching

WHAT HAPPENED? Williamson seemed to twist her knee after winning the ball in midfield and was surrounded by medical staff for several minutes. A stretcher was brought out but she was ultimately able to get to her feet and limp down the tunnel with the help of two Gunners employees.

Arsenal went on to lose 1-0, their WSL title hopes likely slipping away.

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WHAT THEY SAID: Arsenal head coach Jonas Eidevall declined to comment on the extent of the injury after the match but said he was frustrated that "we got forced to make a very early substitution on Leah" adding "that disrupts us a lot."

Chimed in United head coach Marc Skinner: "You can see the applause from around the stadium. Nobody wanted to see that. I think it was just a slight collision. I don't know if she's fell awkwardly on it. I haven't seen it back. But she was obviously upset when she came off. I've just seen her inside. She seemed in really high spirits. We obviously wish it's something minor and it's just a precaution. We wish her all the best. All of us want to see her leading the Lionesses in the summer so wish her all the very best."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Her fitness concern comes at a horrible time. Not only are Arsenal fighting for a Women's Super League title, but they also have a Champions League semi-final first leg against Wolfsburg scheduled for Sunday. Plus, the Women's World Cup looms this summer, with the Lionesses captain eager to lead her nation out on the biggest stage.

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Leah Williamson Arsenal medical staff 2022-23

WHAT NEXT FOR ARSENAL? Williamson is an irreplaceable talent and leader for the club, but others will do their best to step up as long as she's out and attempt to secure silverware before the end of the campaign.

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