Megan Connolly celebrates her goal with Katie Robinson of Brighton & Hove Albion women Brighton and Hove Albion Women v Birmingham City Women, WSL football match, The People’s Pension Stadium, Crawley, UK - 06 Sep 2020 Photo: Sean Ryan for The FA

Injured Brighton & Hove Albion forward ahead of schedule for return to fitness

Brighton & Hove Albion forward Katie Robinson is ‘ahead of schedule’ in her rehabilitation following an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury according to her manager Hope Powell.

The 18-year-old joined Albion last summer after opting to leave former club Bristol City and she signed her first professional terms with The Seagulls.

Robinson made her Albion debut in the 2-0 victory over Birmingham City on the opening day of the season and was an unused substitute for the goalless draw at Manchester City before sustaining an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury in training. That injury blow ended Robinson’s first season in Sussex almost before it had even started but manager Powell has told FAWSL Full-Time that the player is progressing well with her rehabilitation.

“She is doing really, really well,” said Powell when speaking in a Brighton & Hove Albion press conference. “She is ahead in terms of months, she’s a good way ahead.

“The responsibility now for the medical staff is to just pull her back slightly, just so that she doesn’t go too quickly and re-injures herself.

“She is doing really well. She’s in a happy place, she’s running, she’s striking a ball, working really hard and is on track and further ahead than the norm.

“I’m really pleased for her. Is she going to play a part this season? Definitely not but we look forward to having her back next season.”

Robinson came through the Bristol City academy system before going on to make a number of first team appearances for The Robins. She netted her first senior goal in December 2018 as Bristol City defeated Aston Villa 5-2 in an FA Women’s Continental League Cup fixture. The forward opted to swap Bristol City for Brighton & Hove Albion last summer in pursuit of a fresh challenge.

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