Francesca Kirby of England is challenged by Jessica Fishlock of Wales. Wales Women v England Women, Women's World Cup Football Qualifying Group 1, Rodney Parade, Newport, UK - 31 Aug 2018 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Welsh international Fishlock to join Reading on loan

Welsh superstar Jess Fishlock will be joining the Barclays’ FA Women’s Super League side Reading on loan the BBC have reported.

Fishlock is currently contracted with National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) club OL Reign but has found her game time limited due to a lengthy spell on the sidelines through injury.

In addition, the condensed NWSL campaign meant Fishlock could only feature twice in the Challenge Cup. Consequently, she is looking to regain her match sharpness as she looks to force her way into the Team GB Olympic Games squad as well as keeping herself in Jayne Ludlow’s thoughts for a potential Wales squad for the UEFA Women’s EUROs in 2022.

The midfielder had confirmed last week that she would be making the switch to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League so speculation was rife about where her next destination would be. Fishlock hasn’t played in the English game since 2012 in her second spell with Bristol Academy and she will be warmly welcomed by a Reading side looking to close the gap on the top three.

The Royals have already recruited Emma Mitchell, Deanna Cooper, Erin Nayler and Danielle Carter, another formidable player who has seen her career curtailed by injury. If manager Kelly Chambers is able to keep all of her players fit and has the strongest squad possible available to her, The Royals could be contenders for fourth place.

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