Liverpool left-back, Alex Greenwood is set to miss the rest of the season after suffering damage to her ankle ligaments, her club confirmed this morning.
The injury was sustained during training, the England international went down after an innocuous challenge, subsequent scans revealing damage to the ligaments in her ankle. Although the timeframe of her recovery or extent of the injury hasn’t been revealed, Liverpool have stated that she will miss the rest of the season which includes the last two of England’s Euro 2017 qualifiers. When speaking about the injury, Red’s boss Scott Rogers spoke of the absence as “major loss” for the side.
Left-back out for some time
Her preferred role is left back and offers a persistent threat going forward, unwilling to relinquish the ball as she flies down the left flank although her defensive nous and superb reading of the game make her available to play as centre back too. Well known for her pin-point delivery from crosses and dead ball situations, her left foot the greatest weapon in her arsenal and has remarked that her right foot is, “just for standing on.”
Despite the Liverpudlian being a staunch Liverpool supporter, Greenwood started her career at Everton, working through the CoE as well as the England youth ranks. After four years in Blue, Greenwood made the switch to Meadow Lane when she quickly became a fan favourite, crucial for the Lady Pies in attack and defence, she went on to scoop both fans and manager’s PotY.
After a year in Nottingham which involved an eye-catching spell for England at the 2015 World Cup, Greenwood made the switch back to Widnes. As one of the many new faces brought to the Merseyside club before the season started as Rogers built a competitive squad for the 2016 campaign. Although not eclipsing Fran Kirby’s fee to Chelsea, the undisclosed transfer for Greenwood was reported as one of the loftier in WSL history. A high price on the young defender, but for many, money well spent.
Greenwood shares England duties with Chelsea’s Claire Rafferty and manger, Mark Sampson usually rotates the two based on opponent as the two offer different qualities in the same role. With two more qualifiers on the horizon, Rafferty is likely to start both matches (home and away to Estonia and Belgium respectively) although Sampson has the option of bringing in Manchester City’s Demi Stokes for competition.