Soccer-England captain Williamson to miss friendlies against the U.S., Czech Republic


FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - FIFA Women's World Cup Australia and New Zealand - UEFA Qualifiers - Group D - Austria v England - SC Wiener Neustadt, Wiener Neustadt, Austria - September 3, 2022 England's Leah Williamson in action REUTERS/Lisa Leutner/File Photo

(Reuters) - England captain Leah Williamson will miss their friendlies against the U.S. on Friday and Czech Republic on Oct. 11 after sustaining an injury while training, the English Football Association said on Tuesday.

"Following assessment on an injury sustained in training, Leah Williamson will leave the England senior women's squad and return to Arsenal for her rehabilitation," the FA said in a statement.

Sarina Wiegman's squad will also be without the services of Manchester United forward Alessia Russo and West Ham United defender Lucy Parker, who received her first England call-up last week.

Arsenal defender Lotte Wubben-Moy and Manchester United forward Nikita Parris, both part of this year's European Championship winning squad, have been called up to replace Williamson and Parker, while no replacement has been named for Russo.

England will return to Wembley Stadium for the first time since lifting the European Championship when they face World champions USA in front of a sold-out crowd.

(Reporting by Silvia Recchimuzzi in Gdansk; Editing by Toby Davis)

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