After returning from a head injury with the Lionesses, Alex Greenwood earned praise for her contribution to Man City’s victory at Old Trafford.
Despite conceding a penalty for handball that gave Man Utd the lead in Sunday’s Women’s Super League derby, the defender remained solid throughout. This contribution helped City overcome a 1-0 deficit to win 3-1, even though they played with 10 players for the final half-hour.
Suffering a concerning head injury in England’s recent international window, Greenwood was stretchered off during the first half in a defeat to Belgium. As a consequence, she missed City’s last two games, a loss at Arsenal and a surprising defeat to Brighton. However, she made a comeback on Sunday, contributing to her club’s return to winning ways.
Alex Greenwood returned to City’s squad after an injury
In his post-match press conference, Man City boss Gareth Taylor praised the return of Greenwood when asked about it. He said: “Her experience, her know-how, her determination and her grit… She made really good decisions at the right time, Alex, and [she’s done that] after a few training sessions as well because we’ve been quite limited on what we can do with her.
“Unfortunately, the other day, one of the first training sessions she came back, she took a big gash on her leg in a challenge, so she has been in the wars! But her experience and her quality and the determination that she showed tonight was top class.”
Before the upcoming international break, Man City has two more fixtures, taking on Leicester in the Continental Cup on Wednesday night and hosting Tottenham next weekend. Subsequently, Greenwood will resume England duty as the Lionesses aim to bounce back from a challenging start to their Nations League campaign. The outcome of this campaign will determine whether Team GB will have a women’s team at the Olympic Games.