Jordan Nobbs of Arsenal Women attempts to score past Chelsea Women goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger Chelsea Women v Arsenal Women, FA Women's Continental League Cup Final football match, The City Ground Stadium, Nottingham, UK - 29 Feb 2020 Photo: Jon Super for The FA

Chelsea keeper withdraws from German squad

Chelsea goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger is the latest player to withdraw from the German squad.

Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s side will take on England in an international friendly in Wiesbaden on Tuesday 27 October but the Germans will be without several key players.

Nine players including Arsenal defender Leonie Maier had previously been ruled out of the England fixture and Chelsea keeper Berger has now become the tenth absentee with the player nursing a hand injury.

The German Football Association, the DFB, have today confirmed Berger’s withdrawal with VfL Wolfsburg keeper Friedericke Abt being drafted into the squad in her place.

Prior to her injury, Berger looked to be making the Chelsea goalkeeping jersey her own. The keeper has started The Blues’ last three fixtures in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, keeping clean sheets in victories over Bristol City and Birmingham City. Berger also helped her side to a 3-1 victory over Manchester City last time out.

Berger’s withdrawal from the German squad now means that her Chelsea teammate Melanie Leupolz is the only Barclays FA Women’s Super League player remaining in the squad. The midfielder featured in Germany’s last meeting with England at Wembley in November 2019, helping her nation record a 2-1 victory.

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