An Arsenal corner flag. Arsenal Women v Everton Ladies WSL football match, Meadow Park, Borehamwood, UK - 21 Apr 2019 Photo: Kate Green for The FA

Arsenal defender withdraws from German squad with thigh injury

Arsenal defender Leonie Maier has withdrawn from the German squad with the player nursing a thigh injury according to reports by the German Football Association, the DFB.

The 28-year-old Stuttgart-born defender played the first 57 minutes of Arsenal’s 5-0 Barclays FA Women’s Super League victory at Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday before being replaced by Lotte Wubben-Moy.

The Gunners have had some rotten luck with injuries so far this season and Maier has seemingly added her name to the list of casualties with the player having today pulled out of the German squad. Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s side are due to face England in an international friendly in Wiesbaden on Tuesday 27 October but defender Maier will play no part and has been replaced in the squad by Paulina Krumbiegel of TSG Hoffenheim 1899.

With Maier out of the German squad, the player will also be unavailable for her club this weekend as Arsenal contest a Barclays FA Women’s Super League North London derby with Tottenham Hotspur. The German could be one of as many as eight Arsenal players who are sidelined with injury for this weekend’s clash at Meadow Park.

Maier’s appearance at Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday was her first start for The Gunners in this season’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League. The player has been named amongst the substitutes in Arsenal’s other three league fixtures.

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