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Arsenal forward withdraws from England squad

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By Lee Hurley

MURCIA, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 11: Moeka Minami of Japan on the ball under pressure fro Beth Mead of England during the International Friendly between England and Japan at Pinatar Arena on November 11, 2022 in Murcia, Spain. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images )

Beth Mead, who won her 50th cap for the Lionesses on Friday as they defeated Japan 4-0, returned home the following day due to ‘family circumstances’.

The exact nature of those circumstances have not been made public, as I’m sure you can understand.

She will now miss England’s game on Tuesday night against Norway.

In a statement, the FA said: “Beth Mead has withdrawn from the England squad due to family circumstances.

“Lucy Bronze will also leave the squad and return to her club over the weekend as a precaution due to a minor injury.

8 November 2022

Kim Little out for 10 weeks, Nobbs also injured

Arsenal women are facing something of an injury crisis and another name has just been added to their growing list.

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Kim Little of Arsenal receives treatment during the FA Women's Super League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Meadow Park on October 30, 2022 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 30: Kim Little of Arsenal receives treatment during the FA Women’s Super League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Meadow Park on October 30, 2022 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

As Arsenal beat Leicester on Sunday to retake top spot in the WSL, they had to do so without a number of key players.

Rafaelle is out with a fractured metatarsal while Leah Williamson is also out with a foot injury that was bad enough to need crutches.

Williamson should hopefully be back in action in around a month.

Kim Little was also missing with the midfielder damaging her MCL against West Ham last week.

Although it hasn’t been confirmed by Arsenal, Little is expected to miss around 10 weeks of action.

Now, Jordan Nobbs has been sent home from England duty after picking up a problem that has not yet been specified.

Of course, Vivianne Miedema, while not injured, is also unavailable. The player is on a leave of absence after she requested some time off from the club.

Arsenal’s next game is a home match at the Emirates against Manchester United on 19 November with a kick-off time of 5.30pm. Tickets are still available if you would like to attend.

In other women’s news, Lotte Wubben-Moy has been speaking about how she will be boycotting the men’s World Cup this year.

“It’s tough,” the 23-year-old said.

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Lotte Wubben-Moy of Arsenal celebrates victory with teammate Manuela Zinsberger following the FA Women's Super League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Meadow Park on October 30, 2022 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 30: Lotte Wubben-Moy of Arsenal celebrates victory with teammate Manuela Zinsberger following the FA Women’s Super League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Meadow Park on October 30, 2022 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

“As an England team we all have strong values. And a lot of those values aren’t reflected in the way that we see it in Qatar. I think it’s a tough conversation to have and there’s a lot of dialogue around it.

Source: Daily Cannon.