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Arsenal captain Leah Williamson returns following nine-month injury layoff

Arsenal star Leah Williamson made her long-awaited return from ACL injury layoff in the Women’s League Cup clash against Reading on Wednesday night.

Arsenal captain Leah Williamson returned to the pitch after nine months in Arsenal’s 6-0 League Cup win at Reading on Wednesday. The Gunners progressed to the quarter-finals of the competition.

The 26-year-old suffered ligament damage to her knee in April, forcing her to miss England’s World Cup campaign in 2023.

280 days after being sidelined with an ACL injury, Williamson played around 30 minutes after coming on for Jen Beattie in the second half. The England international celebrated her return from injury by providing an assist for England team-mate Beth Mead in the 80th minute. Stina Blackstenius scored a hat-trick, Caitlin Foord, and Laia Codina also were on the scoresheet for Jonas Eidevall’s side.

Arsenal is at the top of Group D with eight points, while Reading sit bottom. The Gunners won the League Cup for the sixth time last season. Jonas Eidevall’s side also are in third place in the WSL, level on points with Manchester City.

Arsenal next will face Liverpool in the Women’s Super League.

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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