Arsenal and England midfielder Jordan Nobbs ruled out of 2019 World Cup

Will Unwin on 7 December 2018

Jordan Nobbs is ruled out of the World Cup next year after undergoing surgery on her left knee.

The Arsenal midfielder ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament during a Women’s Super League victory over Everton in November. Nobbs had a successful operation on Monday but it was confirmed she will not recover in time to be available for the England squad for the tournament starting in France next June.

Prior to her injury Nobbs had scored eight goals in as many games this season and would have been a key part of Phil Neville’s World Cup squad. The 25-year-old midfielder has 53 caps to her name, so her absence will be a blow to England. It is not the first time Nobbs has missed a major tournament through injury, having travelled with the England squad to Canada for the last World Cup but a hamstring problem quickly ended her involvement.

“We are all wishing Jordan a speedy recovery and will be supporting her every step of the way throughout her rehabilitation process,” England manager Neville said. “She is an invaluable member of the Lionesses squad and played a huge part in helping us secure our place at next summer’s Women’s World Cup finals in France.

“Naturally we are disappointed that a player of Jordan’s ability and importance will not be able to take part in the World Cup, but the priority is that she returns to full fitness and can look forward to many exciting years ahead playing for both her club and country.”

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