Gabby George of Everton Ladies centre takes the ball downfield against Bristol City Women players including Meaghan Sargeant right Everton Ladies v Bristol City Women WSL football match, Haig Avenue Stadium, Southport, UK - 15 Sep 2019 Photo: Jon Super for The FA

Everton defender ruled out for the remainder of the season with ACL injury

Everton defender Gabby George has been ruled out of action for the remainder of the season with an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury the Merseyside club have announced.

The 23-year-old centre-back sustained the devastating injury blow during the 5-0 Women’s FA Cup fifth round victory over Bristol City at Ashton Gate last Monday.

George was stretchered off very early in the match in Bristol and was replaced by Dutch defender Kika van Es for the remainder of the tie.

An assessment of the injury has now been completed with George’s worst fears having been confirmed, an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury which is likely to keep her sidelined for the next six to nine months. The player will now begin her rehabilitation at Everton’s training base at USM Finch Farm.

George has spent her entire senior career with Everton after joining The Blues Girls as a teenager following spells with Blackpool and Manchester United as a scholar. The defender made her senior debut for Everton six years ago and has since helped the club become an established side at FA Women’s Super League level once again following a period in the second tier.

The centre-back has occasionally been in the England reckoning in recent years, although she was not selected by Lionesses boss Phil Neville for the SheBelieves Cup.

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