Beth Mead of Arsenal ladies. Arsenal Women v Everton Ladies WSL football match, Meadow Park, Borehamwood, UK - 21 Apr 2019 Photo: Kate Green for The FA

Arsenal confirm injury to striker is not as bad as first feared

The injury sustained by Arsenal striker Beth Mead is not as serious as first thought after the club updated fans of the situation this afternoon via their official website.

The 24-year-old England international left the field in discomfort as Arsenal defeated Liverpool 3-2 at The Deva Stadium in Chester a week ago and it was initially feared that Mead would spend months on the sidelines.

Arsenal have now confirmed that Mead has injured her Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) and depending upon the grading of the injury, the player could return to action within two to four weeks.

A Medial Collateral Ligament injury normally heals without the need for surgery and The Gunners have indicated that Mead has already started her rehabilitation with the help of the club’s medical staff.

Mead is certain to miss Sunday’s rearranged Women’s FA Cup fifth round tie against Lewes at Meadow Park while she is highly unlikely to appear for The Gunners in next weekend’s FA Women’s Continental League Cup final clash with Chelsea. The forward could be fit when Arsenal return to action after the international break with Women’s FA Cup quarter-final weekend being a possibility should The Gunners confirm a North London derby meeting with Tottenham Hotspur.

England boss Phil Neville has not selected Mead for SheBelieves Cup action next month due to her injury.

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