Claudia Walker is set to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on a hamstring injury.
The Everton Ladies striker was withdrawn during a training game in the recent international break prior to the game against Sunderland and scans revealed a tear that required an operation. It is a similar injury that has kept Ross Barkley sidelined during the current campaign.
Having been a regular throughout the 2017/18 season, Walker will now miss the remainder of the campaign as she begins her rehabilitation at USM Finch Farm.
Ladies manager Andy Spence says the Club will support her during her enforced absence. “Claudia has and will continue to receive the best possible care,” he said. “We are all incredibly disappointed for her because she has been an important player for us for a number of years now and was playing very well this season.
“While this injury is a setback for her, we know Claudia’s character will serve her well throughout her rehab. We all know how hard she works on the pitch and she’ll carry that through into the work she needs to do to return to action as quickly as possible.
“We have exceptional medical staff here at the Club and they will give her all the support she needs. I’m sure she will make a full recovery.”