Arsenal forward Beth Mead has avoided a fracture to her lower leg after she was stretchered off in Sunday’s 3-1 win at Everton in the Women’s Super League.
The England international, 24, received five minutes of treatment after what appeared an innocuous challenge, and an X-ray confirmed bruising.
Mead will undergo rehabilitation “to get her back to full fitness as soon as possible”, the club have said.
At present no timescale has been given as to her return to action.
She has scored one goal in 10 WSL appearances so far in 2019-20.
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Harlequins number eight Alex Dombrandt would flourish in the international environment, says England scrum-half and club team-mate Danny Care.
The uncapped 22-year-old is thought to be pushing for a place in England’s Six Nations squad after starring for Quins of late.
“He reads the game so well, he’s smart and makes the right decisions all the time,” Care said.
“You put him in an England shirt and he is only going to excel.”
Care believes Dombrandt would provide England with an extra dimension if he made his international debut.
The former university student is on head coach Eddie Jones’ radar after appearing for an England XV in a non-cap game against the Barbarians in May.
There also appears to be an opening at the back of the scrum, with Billy Vunipola the only specialist number eight in the Rugby World Cup squad after Bristol’s Nathan Hughes fell out of favour.
“For me he’s got everything. He’s hungry for it, he’s got the work-rate and the work ethic, and he’s a good boy,” Care told the Rugby Union Weekly podcast.
Dombrandt only broke into the Quins first team a year ago after completing his undergraduate studies at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
But after a breakthrough season last time around, he recently signed a new deal to stay at The Stoop despite firm interest from Northampton Saints.
“He went to uni, did it properly and enjoyed himself, but he’s got a chance to play professional rugby and he’s grasped it with both hands,” Care added.
“I’m not picking the England squad, but 100% [he should be in].
“I just think if you throw him in there, and you have him running lines alongside Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Joe Marler – which attacker is the defender going to take?
“He is different, and there aren’t many of him around. And he can play six [blind-side flanker], seven [open-side flanker] or [number] eight.”
England’s preparations for their World Cup quarter-final against Australia have been given a significant boost with the news that Billy Vunipola is now “very likely” to be fit to start.
The number eight injured his ankle against Argentina 10 days ago but continues to improve in the build-up to the clash in Oita on Saturday.
England have not won a World Cup knockout game for 12 years.
But they have beaten the Wallabies in all of their last six meetings.
Defence coach John Mitchell told BBC 5 Live: “Billy’s doing really well.
“He got through restricted training activity again today, ran with the ball, did some wrestling and boxing and some sprinting on the WattBike.
“He wasn’t smiling after the WattBike, but he’s in good humour and progressing nicely. At this point it’s looking very likely.”
Vunipola was likely to be rested had England’s final group game against France in Yokohama last Saturday gone ahead as scheduled, rather than being cancelled because of the threat of Typhoon Hagibis.
But the loss of that game has bought him time, even as utility back Jack Nowell once again sat out training with a hamstring injury.
Mitchell said: “Billy is a very important player to us and a very likeable player as well.
“He loves the ball in his hand. He’s very good at regaining and retaining momentum. He likes carrying the ball, which is where he has his greatest influence.
“He fits well within the team, but whoever gets the nods within the 31, everyone has a role to play.”
England wary of adventurous Aussies
Australia were beaten by Wales in their key pool game and struggled in the first half against both Fiji and Georgia.
But they beat the All Blacks 47-26 in August, and in Michael Cheika have a coach who plotted England’s demise in the group stages four years ago before taking his team on to the final.
Cheika has yet to settle on a preferred combination at 10 and 12, but with the form of muscular centre Samu Kerevi, he has one of the stand-out performers at this World Cup at his disposal.
Mitchell said: “The Wallabies are a very clever football team, and they will be clever at the weekend.
“They’ve always got their ability in terms of surprise, and they love ball in their hands, which is what they thrive on.
“You’ve got to look at how they attack – they love the ball in hand and they love putting width on it.
“Any one of those possible 10s and nines and 12s fall into that style of football. It doesn’t matter who they put there, they can all play that style.
“Kerevi is such a strong character, and they tend to move him around in structured attacks. He looks like he’s really enjoying his tournament, so he’s a threat we’ll need to be aware of.
“But we have our own beliefs in how we want to play, and we want to embrace this opportunity and bring our strengths out.”
England’s training was watched on Tuesday by Australian rugby league great Ricky Stuart, now the coach of Canberra Raiders.
Stuart will be invited to share his ideas about both coaching and England’s shape in the run-up to a game that could do much to define whether the Eddie Jones regime has been a success or failure.
It is 12 years since England last reached the semi-finals of a World Cup, their defeat of a much-fancied Wallabies team in Marseille in 2007 one of their great displays in the tournament.