Knee injury fears over England midfielder Walsh


Keira Walsh of England receives medical treatment after an injury during the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Group D match between England and Denmark at Sydney Football Stadium on July 28, 2023 in Sydney / Gadigal, Australia.

England midfielder Keira Walsh was taken off the pitch on a stretcher in the 38th minute during the World Cup match against Denmark in Sydney.

The Barcelona player, 26, appeared to hurt her knee and looked in distress before signalling to the bench that she could not carry on.

She was comforted by team-mates and appeared to mouth: “I’ve done my knee.”

Manager Sarina Wiegman said afterwards: “Of course I’m concerned because she couldn’t walk off the pitch.”

She added: “But we don’t know yet so we can’t make any assumptions. Let’s wait until we have a diagnosis then I can tell you.”

Walsh left the pitch when the Lionesses were leading 1-0 against Denmark in their second Group D match and they went on to win by that scoreline.

Asked if Walsh will have a scan, Wiegman said: “Probably. But I haven’t heard anything yet. During the game you have to move on and now it is time to look at how she is and the next steps.”

Lauren James, who scored the only goal in the match, added: “Obviously it’s disappointing to see one of our most valuable players get hurt but we had to just focus on getting the win and focus on what team that was playing at the time.”

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