Chloe Kelly in action at Wembley Chelsea Women v Manchester City Women Womens Community Shield football match, Wembley Stadium, London, UK - 29 Aug 2020 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Manchester City will await scan results to determine extent of Kelly’s knee injury

Manchester City head coach Gareth Taylor says that the club will need to await scan results before determining the full impact of forward Chloe Kelly’s knee injury.

The 23-year-old forward sustained her injury in the second half of this afternoon’s 4-0 victory over Birmingham City at The Academy Stadium. Kelly was fouled by opposing defender Rebecca Holloway in the second half of the match and left the field on a stretcher. Manchester City were awarded a penalty as a result of the incident which was saved by visiting keeper Hannah Hampton.

Speaking in the post-match press conference, Manchester City head coach Taylor said that he was unable to comment on the extent of Kelly’s injury and that the player would undergo a scan.

“I’ve just been in to see Chloe and we’ve not been able to fully assess exactly what’s going on,” said Taylor. “Like most of these injuries, it probably takes a scan to find out for certain what it is.

“She was ok. I don’t think there was a lot of swelling on the knee which is a positive.

“At this moment in time, it is difficult to provide an update. She was a little upset, I think she wanted to take the penalty, she was on a hat-trick so you can understand that. She is ok, I think she is ok in herself.”

Looking ahead to next weekend’s final day fixture against West Ham United, Taylor said that the primary focus is on his side’s own performance.

He added “Everybody is going to be playing at the same time, we need to focus on our end. The first thing that we are going to do if we have achieved our objective is to look at what has happened elsewhere.

“If it happens for us, amazing, if is doesn’t then it is down to us. We had our chance, we had our opportunity then it is looking at what a good season it has been.

“We are not talking about a three, four or five-way tie, we are talking about a two-way tie, two really good teams slogging it out, punch for punch.

“The spectacle that has been put on in the WSL and the excitement of the title race going into the final game is amazing for women’s football.”

Manchester City’s final Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture of the season at West Ham United is scheduled to kick-off at 2.30pm next Sunday.

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