Fara Williams of Reading Women Liverpool Women v Reading Women, WSL football match, Prenton Park Stadium, Birkenhead, UK - 08 Sep 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Reading midfielder ruled out for the remainder of the season

Reading midfielder Fara Williams has been ruled out of action for the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery on a quadriceps muscle injury according to reports on The Royals’ official website.

The 36-year-old Londoner has played an instrumental role in Reading’s success in recent seasons and the update on her season-ending injury has dealt The Royals a real blow as the club look to end the campaign strongly.

It is understood that Williams has pulled the tendon from the bone and the player has had to undergo surgery to correct the problem. The veteran midfielder will now spend the rest of the season in rehabilitation ahead of a return to the training pitch when Reading come back after the summer.

Williams joined the Berkshire club in 2017 and she has helped Kelly Chambers’ side establish themselves in the FA Women’s Super League. The player was recently rewarded with a new contract keeping her at Adams Park until the end of next season.

The midfielder has won a record 172 caps for England at senior level and the Lionesses boss Phil Neville has refused to close the door on Williams’ international career. She was not included in the England squad for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.

Williams’ Reading teammates Jo Potter and Lauren Bruton are expected to return from their respective injuries before the end of the season.

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