AN­KLE IN­JURY COSTS DUG­GAN ENG­LAND SPOT

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Joshua Richards

IN-FORM for­ward Toni Dug­gan will miss the rest of the do­mes­tic sea­son and Eng­land’s Euro 2017 qual­i­fier with Es­to­nia af­ter the full ex­tent of her an­kle in­jury was dis­cov­ered.

No sooner had the 24-year-old been in­cluded in Mark Samp­son’s squad of 23 than she was forced to with­draw due to the in­jury suf­fered in last month’s win over Liver­pool.

Samp­son has made seven changes to his Eng­land squad that achieved a third-place fin­ish at the World Cup, with Dug­gan’s Manch­ester City team-mates Demi Stokes and Iso­bel Chris­tiansen among the new faces, but there is no place for WSL 1 top scorer Beth Mead of Sun­der­land.

De­fend­ers Gilly Fla­herty and Amy Turner have also been in­cluded, along with Jess Clarke, Danielle Carter and Gemma Dav­i­son.

Fara Wil­liams and Jade Moore have been left out due to in­jury, while Jor­dan Nobbs, Katie Chap­man, Karen Car­ney, Lianne San­der­son and Jodie Tay­lor have been rested.

Samp­son, who will not call up a re­place­ment for Dug­gan be­fore his team take on Es­to­nia on Septem­ber 21, said:“It’s im­por­tant that we keep build­ing on the mo­men­tum from the World Cup and keep im­prov­ing.

“Our am­bi­tion is to con­tinue to grow as a team over the course of the qual­i­fi­ca­tion process and the match with Es­to­nia sig­ni­fies not the start of our jour­ney but the next stage in the group’s jour­ney.”

PIC­TURE: The FA

UN­LUCKY: The in­jured Toni Dug­gan was forced to at­tend last week’s match be­tween Manch­ester City and Sun­der­land purely as a spec­ta­tor

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