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Leah Williamson returns to Lionesses after injury

After recovering from a devastating ACL injury, Leah Williamson, the England captain, rejoins the Lionesses squad for the first time in 10 months.

Since suffering a significant blow last April, which led to her absence from last summer’s Women’s World Cup, the skipper hasn’t played for her country.

However, the Arsenal star is making a comeback for the February fixtures against Austria and Italy, along with Jess Park, who was absent from the December camp. As a consequence, Manchester United pair Millie Turner and Katie Zelem are dropping out of the squad.

Leah Williamson’s comeback provides an even greater lift for England, especially with the ongoing absence of Millie Bright.

Since November, the Chelsea star has been sidelined with a knee issue, leaving the Lionesses with a gap in the center-back position and missing her leadership on the field. Bright had taken on the captain’s role for her country during Williamson’s absence.

Some anticipated Nikita Parris’s return to the England squad this month, given her impressive record of seven goals in her last six games for Manchester United.

However, head coach Sarina Wiegman has chosen not to recall her at this time. Parris has been absent from the Lionesses squad since November 2022.

The Lionesses will face Austria on February 23 in their first friendly of the month, followed by a match against Italy four days later. These games will occur during a warm weather training camp in Spain.

Russell Murray
Russell Murray
Russell Murray is a passionate football journalist whose heart beats to the rhythm of the beautiful game. With an insatiable appetite for all things football, Russell is always seeking to capture the essence of the sport. Also, he strongly believes that Guti and Diego Milito never received the recognition they deserved for their contributions to football.
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