IN­JURIES PILE UP AS REDS STUM­BLE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

GOAL­KEEPER Libby Stout has cursed Liver­pool’s rot­ten luck af­ter de­fender Becky Eas­ton broke her arm in last week­end’s de­feat to Manch­ester City and looks set to miss the end of sea­son run-in.

Reds boss Matt Beard has used the full depth of his squad this year, with in­flu­en­tial midfielder Fara Wil­l­liams as well as ex­cit­ing winger Asisat Oshoala among those who have been un­avail­able through in­jury at times this term.

Such dis­rup­tion has un­doubt­edly had an ef­fect on Liver­pool’s form, with the back-to-back cham­pi­ons lan­guish­ing in sixth place in the WSL 1 ta­ble go­ing into the week­end.

Eas­ton can now be added to that list of play­ers un­avail­able and Stout ad­mits it has been a cause of great frus­tra­tion at the Se­lect Se­cu­rity Sta­dium this term.

“It’s a blow, be­cause we’ve had a lot of in­juries this year,” said the Amer­i­can.

“But we have to adapt and we have play­ers ca­pa­ble of com­ing in and do­ing a good job.

“We will miss her. She’s been a bril­liant and con­sis­tent per­former for us this sea­son and she is a ded­i­cated per­former, her ex­pe­ri­ence is vi­tal for us.

“She’s been at train­ing all week with a hard cast on, but it’s dif­fi­cult to put a timescale on her re­turn just now.

“It was a clean break to the ra­dius, which is prob­a­bly the best thing you can hope for when you break your arm, but she’s in good spir­its.”

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