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Leah Williamson suffers cruciate injury and set to miss World Cup

England captain Leah Williamson is set to miss this summer’s World Cup after rupturing her cruciate knee ligament. Arsenal confirmed the worst fears around the injury the 26-year-old suffered during Wednesday’s Women’s Super League defeat by Manchester United.

Leah was substituted in the first half of the game at Leigh Sports Village and underwent further assessment on Thursday to determine the extent of the injury. Leah will now begin a period of rehabilitation and is set for an extended spell on the sidelines. She will undergo surgery in due course. Everyone at Arsenal will be supporting Leah closely throughout the journey ahead and we would ask that her privacy is respected at this time.

We can confirm that Leah Williamson suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament on Wednesday night.

We’re all right behind you, @leahcwilliamson ❤️

— Arsenal Women (@ArsenalWFC) April 21, 2023

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This article was written by David Tindall (now) and John Brewin and originally published on