Fran Kirby confirmed as third key England Lioness to miss World Cup through injury
Posted by  badge Boss on May 03, 2023 - 09:41AM
Fran Kirby will miss this summer’s World Cup through injury (Picture: Getty)

and forward Fran Kirby says she is ‘absolutely gutted’ to be missing the after learning she will require surgery for a knee injury that will leave her out of action for a “significant period”.

Kirby, 29, was unavailable for Sarina Wiegman’s most recent England squad in April and will also miss Chelsea’s challenge for a fourth consecutive Women’s Super League title and this month’s final against Manchester United.

In a tweet posted following an official statement from her club, Kirby revealed efforts to rehabilitate the injury, sustained in Chelsea’s Continental League Cup semi-final in February, had failed to restore her fitness.

She wrote: ‘Unfortunately after a few months of rehab the decision has made that I will require surgery on my knee. I have been trying my best to not have to undergo this but unfortunately my progress has been limited due to the issue in my knee.

‘I’m absolutely gutted to announce my season is over and I will not be able to make the World Cup in the summer.

‘I’m going to be doing everything possible to be ready for the start of next season and want to wish my team-mates at Chelsea the best of luck for the rest of the season and my Lioness team-mates the best of luck for the summer.’

Kirby’s statement followed one posted to the official Chelsea website, which read: ‘Following an injury sustained during our Continental League Cup semi-final against West Ham, Fran has been reviewed at Cobham by the Chelsea medical team.

England captain Leah Williamson has also been ruled out of the tournament with a serious knee injury (Picture: Getty)

‘Following that review and further discussion with a specialist, Fran is set to undergo surgery and is expected to be sidelined for a significant period.

‘Fran will begin a rehabilitation programme with support from the club’s medical team. Everyone at Chelsea sends their best wishes to Fran in her recovery.’

Kirby netted twice for England during last summer’s Euro 2022 triumph and has scored seven times for Chelsea in 13 appearances across all competitions this season.

after rupturing her ACL, while a timely recovery for Euro 2022 player of the tournament and Golden Boot winner Beth Mead from the same injury looks unlikely.

Wiegman is set to announce her squad for the upcoming tournament in late May.


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