Georgia Brougham of Everton Ladies tries to tackle Bethany England of Chelsea FC Women Chelsea FC Women v Everton Ladies WSL Football Match, Kingsmeadow Stadium, Kingston upon Thames, UK - 06 Jan 2019 Photo: Ian Walton for The FA

Concern for Chelsea as striker is on crutches ahead of final England fixture

There was some concern for Chelsea fans earlier this evening with striker Beth England having been seen on crutches ahead of England’s final SheBelieves Cup 2020 fixture against Spain at the Toyota Stadium in Dallas.

The 25-year-old Barnsley-born striker has netted 21 goals in all competitions for The Blues this season and her excellent goalscoring form could be crucial as Emma Hayes’ side continue to pursue a domestic treble.

The forward did not make Phil Neville’s squad this evening and she was seen on crutches ahead of the Lionesses’ match against Spain at the Toyota Stadium along with Birmingham City goalkeeper Hannah Hampton. With Chelsea set for a huge Women’s FA Cup quarter-final tie at Everton on Sunday, both the club and their fans will be concerned for England’s fitness.

The Lionesses boss Neville is yet to confirm the extent of both England and Hampton’s injuries, however, it has been indicated by BBC Sport sources that both injuries could be minor ankle strains caused by a sub-standard training pitch yesterday.

Hopes were high for a big tournament for Chelsea forward England but it hasn’t really gone to plan for the player. She was given just 12 minutes of game time against the USA while England played the first 69 minutes of the Lionesses’ 1-0 victory over Japan on Sunday.

Chelsea will be hoping that England’s injury will improve with rest in the coming days and that the player will be able to travel with the squad to Merseyside on Sunday.

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