Alex Greenwood’s well-being is the top priority for Manchester City manager Gareth Taylor, ruling her out of Arsenal clash with a head injury.
The 30-year-old defender Alex Greenwood sustained a severe head injury during England’s match against Belgium in the Women’s Nations League. As a result, she will not be available for Manchester City’s upcoming Women’s Super League (WSL) game against Arsenal.
Greenwood’s injury occurred after a collision with Belgian forward Jassina Blom. This led to her receiving on-field treatment for 12 minutes before being carried off on a stretcher.
“Of course she won’t be available for the weekend,” City boss Taylor said of Greenwood’s availability for the weekend. “And we’ll make sure that her return-to-playing timeframe is managed in the right way, so that outside of everything else that’s going on. The one thing that is paramount is Alex’s health and her welfare, so we’ll make sure that’s looked after in the right manner.
“It was a nasty blow, first and foremost,” Taylor said of the incident. “There was a lot of concern regarding Alex at the time, at that moment. So we’ve gone through – and they [England] needed to previously as well – all of the necessary protocols that come with these types of head injuries.”
Gareth Taylor prioritizes Alex Greenwood health above everything else
After the match, England manager Sarina Wiegman stated that Alex Greenwood was on her feet despite the concussion she suffered. However, Manchester City manager Gareth Taylor emphasized that Greenwood’s well-being is the top priority.
He mentioned that Alex Greenwood would need to consult a specialist to assess the seriousness of the head injury. Greenwood will miss not only the upcoming match against Arsenal but also the following week’s clash with Manchester United.
“Of course it was a bit of a scary moment for her, and an uncomfortable moment for her,” he continued. “But she’s a very brave player, Alex, she’s very determined. She’s so brave in everything she does and the way she plays. And of course she’s frustrated, because it means she’ll miss the weekend.
“But she’s pretty excited about what we’ve done this season so far and how we’re looking, and she’s played a big part in that as well. Of course her welfare is the most important thing and we’ll make sure we get that right as a club. We’ve had good communication with England, her handover was really good. so she’s now back in our care.
“Of course, no one wants to see that. It’s about understanding and managing that for Alex, that she’s supported in the right way. Probably, knowing Alex, that’ll be ahead of what she probably should do, but we’ll make sure that we manage that in the right way.”