Jill Roord of Arsenal Women. Arsenal Women v Manchester City Women, FA Women's Continental Cup Semi-Final football match, Meadow Park Stadium, Borehamwood, UK - 29 Jan 2020 Photo: Kunjan Malde for The FA

Arsenal midfielder suffers thigh injury whilst on international duty

Arsenal are set to receive news of a fresh injury blow with Dutch international midfielder Jill Roord having suffered a thigh injury ahead of her nation’s fixture against Brazil at the Tournoi de France this evening.

The 22-year-old Oldenzaal-born midfielder was set to start the match for Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman and she would have collected her 55th senior international cap, however, the player was withdrawn after picking up a thigh injury in the warm-up, as confirmed by The Dutch Football Association via their official Twitter match feed.

Roord was replaced in the starting line-up by Lyon star Shanice van de Sanden with The Netherlands going on to draw their tournament opener with Brazil 0-0.

With Arsenal boss Joe Montemurro already without the services of Kim Little, Lia Walti and Beth Mead through injury, the club will be hoping that Roord’s injury scare is nothing serious ahead of what promises to be a hectic run of fixtures after the international break.

The Netherlands must still face Canada and tournament hosts France at the Tournoi de France in the coming days and the nation are likely to assess the fitness of Roord before determining whether she will remain with the squad or return to her club for treatment and rehabilitation.

Arsenal’s next fixture is just 11 days away with The Gunners set to face North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in a Women’s FA Cup quarter-final tie at Meadow Park.

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