Arsenal have confirmed that star defender Leah Williamson has suffered a serious hamstring injury and is set for a long period on the sidelines.
The 24-year-old played all 90 minutes of the Gunners’ 1-1 draw against Tottenham at Women’s Football Weekend, but left the pitch in some discomfort.
Williamson was sent for further assessments and scans and Arsenal have now revealed the extent of the injury.
“After Saturday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur, Leah Williamson experienced discomfort in her hamstring,” it said in a statement.
“Subsequent assessments and scans have confirmed that Leah has suffered a significant hoarding injury. Further consultations and assessments will take place, with Leah’s recovery and rehabilitation program also to be determined in the coming days.
“Everyone in the club will now support and work hard with Leah to get her back on the pitch as soon as possible.”
Williamson had started the season in fine form for Arsenal, who are one point ahead of the top of the Women’s Super League after seven games.
She had scored in the Gunners’ big wins over Manchester City in the WSL and Hoffenheim in the Champions League, and was also among the goals in England’s 10-0 demolition of Latvia last month.
Arsenal will be without Williamson for the foreseeable future, starting with Wednesday night’s Champions League match at home against HB Koge.
Jonas Eidevall’s team will then travel north to face Man Utd in domestic action on Sunday, before an appetizing FA Cup final with Chelsea in early December.