Fran Kirby of Chelsea Manchester United Women v Chelsea Women, WSL football match, Leigh Sports Village, Leigh, UK - 06 Sep 2020 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Chelsea forward pulls out of England squad with an ankle injury

Chelsea forward Fran Kirby has pulled out of the England squad with the player having sustained an ankle injury.

The 27-year-old played in a behind-closed-doors 11v11 internal friendly match at St George’s Park yesterday where she picked up her injury.

The Football Association have today confirmed Kirby’s withdrawal meaning that she will not be part of the group who travel to Wiesbaden to take on Germany in an international friendly match on Tuesday.

Kirby lined-up in an England ‘away team’ captained by Lucy Bronze at St George’s Park as they faced the ‘home team’ wearing white and led by Steph Houghton. The ‘away team’ were defeated 1-0 as a result of a Bronze own goal and a disappointing evening was rounded off by an injury sustained to attacker Kirby.

The forward has starred for both club and country so far this season following her return to action from illness. At this stage, it is unknown just how serious Kirby’s injury is but Chelsea will be hoping that she will be able to feature for them in a hectic run of fixtures after the international break. Emma Hayes’ side have four games ahead of them in November while they will play three games in December prior to to Christmas break.

Kirby has started all four of Chelsea’s matches in this season’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League while she has netted three goals.

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