Noelle Maritz of Arsenal. West Ham United Women v Arsenal Women, WSL football match, Chigwell Construction Stadium, London, UK - 12 Sep 2020 Photo: Kunjan Malde for The FA

Arsenal defender out of Swiss squad due to ongoing knee injury

Arsenal defender Noelle Maritz will not be fit to feature for Switzerland this month with the player continuing to recover from her knee injury.

The Swiss Football Association, the SFV, have today revealed Maritz’s withdrawal from the squad via their official website. Maritz’s national teammates Naomi Megroz and Melanie Huber have also withdrawn with Swiss head coach Nils Nielsen calling up Lorena Baumann and Kim Dubs as replacements.

Defender Maritz has not featured for Arsenal since they were defeated 4-1 by Chelsea at Kingsmeadow in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup last month. The player picked up an impact injury on her knee and has been recovering ever since. The 24-year-old returned to the training pitch earlier this month and was selected by Switzerland for next week’s UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 qualifier against Belgium in Lueven but it has been determined that Maritz will not return to full fitness in time for the match.

Switzerland simply need to avoid defeat to Belgium to secure their place at the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 tournament finals in England. A defeat would force the Swiss into a play-off.

Arsenal defender Maritz has appeared in six of her nation’s seven qualifying matches to date. The player has 82 senior caps to her name while she has scored one goal for her country.

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