Sarina Wiegman does not believe that Beth Mead will be fit to play in the Women’s World Cup, despite the player’s hopes to return in time
England’s Women’s World Cup campaign will most likely take place without Arsenal forward Beth Mead, as she is unlikely to recover from her anterior cruciate ligament knee injury in time, according to head coach Sarina Wiegman.
Mead sustained the injury in November, and it was a huge setback for her, as it happened right after she played a significant role in England’s Euro 2022 victory.
Wigeman announces her squad without Mead
Beth Mead played a vital role in England’s Euro 2022 victory, winning the Player of the Tournament award and the Golden Boot.
Unfortunately, the Arsenal forward suffered a severe anterior cruciate ligament knee injury in November, ruling her out of action since then.
This injury is a long-term setback, and England head coach Sarina Wiegman has stated that it is highly unlikely that Mead will recover in time to feature in the Women’s World Cup co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand in July and August. She has also named her latest squad.
Speaking in a press conference on Tuesday, Wiegman said of Mead: “I had a conversation with her. She’s doing well. She’s in rehab and she’s doing good.
“But the World Cup is actually too early, so what we said now is she’s not in our plans now.
“[She should] just really take the time to get back well, but if a miracle happens and she goes so fast we will reconsider it, but at this moment I don’t expect that.”
England will be playing home friendlies against Australia and Brazil in April as part of their preparation for the Women’s World Cup.
However, there are concerns regarding the fitness of Chelsea forward Fran Kirby, who is currently out due to a knee injury, although it is not as severe as Beth Mead’s injury.
“Of course I’m concerned because she’s been out for a while now,” Wiegman said. “But I want to keep this opportunity open. and she’ll be treated as we treat anyone else.
“Hopefully she gets fit, gets on the pitch, gets playing. and then you need to show performance and fitness. It’s a little concern, but also don’t think too much forward, just see how she progresses.”