Manchester United Women have confirmed a hamstring injury to Dutch midfielder Jackie Groenen.
Groenen had recently been away on international duty with the Netherlands.
Manchester United Women Confirm Jackie Groenen Injury
Ever-Present Groenen Absence Will Be a Loss But Also An Opportunity
Jackie Groenen has featured in all five of Manchester United’s Women’s Super League fixtures so far this season and did so throughout the 22 games in 2020/21 too.
She is also a regular on international duty, which is where she has picked up the injury.
Ahead of the game against Tottenham Hotspur Women on Sunday, November 7, Manchester United Women boss Marc Skinner told a press conference: “We’ve got Jackie who has come back with a slight hamstring issue from the international period.
“We’re doing our assessments on her so she’ll be out of this game at the weekend.
“We’re not going to put a time frame on it because it could be sooner (or) later, it just depends on how she reacts to the treatment.”
The injury to Groenen provides a window of opportunity to summer signing Vilde Boe Risa and Welsh midfielder Hayley Ladd to feature more. Ladd particularly has been in the starting line-up a lot less than she was used to following Skinner’s managerial appointment. Boe Risa has moved in and out of the eleven with Lucy Staniforth and Katie Zelem regulars.
Big Month Ahead for United
Manchester United are faced with a tricky November which begins with a trip to Tottenham Hotspur’s home at The Hive Stadium on Sunday, then a trip to Jean-Luc Vasseur’s all Everton side – the former Lyon boss had a positive start to life as The Toffees’ manager in midweek, beating Leicester City 3-1 – before they host Manchester City in the Conti Cup and league leaders Arsenal, who are enjoying a sensational start to the season under Jonas Eidevall.
United sit fourth in the Super League, five points off top, winning three of their games, drawing one and losing one.
The Red Devils are looking to return to winning ways after consecutive 2-2 draws to Manchester City and Durham – though, they did beat Durham on penalties in the Conti Cup.
Before that, they bounced back from a 6-1 loss to Chelsea with a 2-0 win at Birmingham City.
Ella Toone has been in remarkable form this campaign, scoring two goals and providing four assists in five league games. She has starred for England Women too, scoring her first senior hat-trick v Latvia on October 26.
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