by Andrew Crawshaw
Here is my current list of our injured players
Pauline Peyraud-Magnin – Minor hand injury caused her to withdraw from the France squad during the last International break and meant that she could only be on the bench last Sunday – Likely to be on the bench again this week
Jessica Samuelsson – Game time being carefully managed following long term foot injury – may possibly be available for Sunday
Lisa Evans – minor knock on international duty not likely to be long term – may possibly be available for Sunday
Tabea Kemme – Knee Cartilage, she had a reaction from her knee following her injury time appearance against Reading now back in recovery – unlikely to be available (or risked) for Sunday
Viktoria Schnaderback – Knee injured in pre season no date yet for her return
Danielle Carter – Cruciate knee ligaments – now in the gym but unlikely to play again this season
Kim Little – Broken tibia in the Chelsea match – out till late January
Emma Mitchell – withdrew from Scotland squad and was substituted in Min 70, likely to be fit for Sunday
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Jordan Nobbs – knee Jordan Nobbs was the latest last week and the news was about as bad as I feared – Anterior Cruciate Ligament damage so that probably puts paid to her season.
That’s 9 out of our squad of 18 senior players carrying injuries of some kind, 5 of them long term.
Jordan is the third player since March we have lost to an ACL injury. Kim Little was the first, returning at the end of pre-season before having her fibula broken in an awful challenge by Chelsea player Drew Spence on 16 October. If we are lucky she might be back on the pitch mid to late January. We then lost Danielle Carter in the last game of last season, she is now back in the Gym and told me that she is progressing according to schedule but is unlikely to feature before the end of the season, if at all.
Who do we have who might come into the team from our junior players? This is an extremely difficult question to answer as Arsenal are very precious about them and most of the other web sites are worse than useless. I have dug around and this seems to be the current WSL Academy League Table from an FA webpage fulltime-league.thefa.com
|1||Bristol City||9||5||1||3||15||17 *|
|8||FA East Region||9||4||2||3||-1||15 *|
|8||Man City||8||1||2||5||1||7 *|
Please note that where points are marked with a * an adjustment has been made (but I don’t know what or why).
We seem to have had 4 games postponed – Home matches (which we play at the University of Hertfordshire) against Birmingham and Chelsea and away matches at Yeovil and Birmingham.
Our results :-
Reading v Arsenal 18 November 2 – 4, the FA site lists all of the Reading players but none of the Arsenal which is really helpful.
West Ham v Arsenal 31 October 0 – 4. Our team was Ana Caterina Albuquerque, Paige Bailey-Gayle, Maxine Borden, Hannah Dawbarn, Melissa Fillis Ruby Grant (hat-trick), Liby Harper, Ava Kuyken, Lachante Paul, Annie Roberts, Shauna Vassal. Subs Jennifer Echegini, Amelia Hazard (goal) and Shannon Helina
Man City v Arsenal 28 October 3 – 3. Our team was Ana Caterina Albuquerque, Paige Bailey-Gayle, Hannah Dawbarn, Jennifer Echegini, Melissa Fillis, Liby Harper, Amelia Hazard, Lachante Paul, Gracie Pearse, Annie Roberts, Shauna Vassal. The only sub listed was Maxine Borden and there is no listing of who the goalscorers were.
Arsenal v FA East Region (Ipswich) 4 – 1. Our team was Ana Caterina Albuquerque (goal), Paige Bailey-Gayle (goal), Jennifer Echegini (two goals), Melissa Fillis, Ruby Grant, Liby Harper, Amelia Hazard, Lachante Paul, Gracie Pearse, Tasmin Sibanda, Shauna Vassal. Again the only sub listed was Maxine Borden
Arsenal v Yeovil 9 Sept 15 – 1(that isn’t a typo fifteen – one). Our team was Ana Caterina, Albuquerque, Hannah Dawbarn, Jennifer Echegini (goal), Melissa Fillis, Silvana Flores (hattrick), Ruby Grant (hattrick), Libby Harper, Amelia Hazard (two goals), Lachante Paul (four goals) Abbie Roberts (captain) and Tamsyn Sibanda. The only substitute listed was Shannon Helina
The obvious player to step up is Ava Kuyken who has been part of the first team all season. She was the first substitute to come on on Sunday and is a midfielder.
The other two players to make their first team debuts last week were Paige Bailey-Gayle and Ruby Grant both members of the England U17 team. They will probably be found seats on the Bench.
One other possibility is Melissa Filis another member of England’s U17 squad, but I suspect not for the WSL fixtures just yet although she may well get a chance in the Continental Tyres Cup matches over the next few weeks.
We have signed experienced Danish International defender Janni Arnth who will join us on 01 January
Before then we have two WSL matches to play – Brighton this coming Sunday and then Manchester City away on Dec 2nd. We then have our last Continental Tyres Cup group games against Charlton on Dec 05 and Millwall on Dec 12. After that there will be a welcome break until Jan 6 when we meet West Ham in the WSL.