CHAM­PI­ONS IS THE KEY FOR KATE

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY -

LIVER­POOL man­ager Matt Beard is hope­ful Kate Longhurst’s sea­son is not over with the striker set to be out for up to six weeks with an­kle lig­a­ment dam­age.

The 26-year-old picked up the in­jury in train­ing and is set to miss the fi­nal two WSL 1 fix­tures of the sea­son, as well as the forth- com­ing Con­ti­nen­tal Tyres Cup semi-fi­nal and Cham­pi­ons League last 32 clash with Bres­cia.

But Beard hopes the Reds can ad­vance in Europe to pro­long their sea­son and en­sure Longhurst gets the chance to re­turn.

“This is another in­jury blow as Kate has been a key player for us this sea­son with her ver­sa­til­ity prov­ing cru­cial,” said Beard.

“This seems to sum our sea­son up with re­gards to in­juries, but hope­fully we can qual­ify for the last 16 of the Cham­pi­ons League and Kate’s sea­son is not over yet.”

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