Manchester City defender Steph Houghton is unlikely to return to action before the end of the season.
The 33-year-old Durham-born centre-back has been sidelined for well over month with an Achilles injury and the player is still not ready for a return.
When speaking in a Manchester City press conference earlier today, head coach Gareth Taylor confirmed that Houghton will play no part in her side’s remaining Barclays FA Women’s Super League games while should could also miss the Vitality Women’s FA Cup fifth round tie against West Ham United.
“I think it is unfortunate that we probably won’t see her again this season unless things change,” Taylor said. “There might be an outside chance of her possibly featuring in the West Ham game in the fifth round.
“She has worked tremendously hard, she has been a big loss for us. It is only now that you realise that as much as the team have performed and got results, losing your captain and your inspirational figure and also one of your best players has been really tough for us.
“Everyone is behind Steph and she is working really hard off the pitch to support the girls as much as she can so she is still taking on those captain’s responsibilities.”
Manchester City need to win both of their remaining league games and hope that Chelsea slip up if they are to win the Barclays FA Women’s Super League title. They host Birmingham City at The Academy Stadium on Sunday before travelling to East London to face West Ham United next weekend.