Russo suffers hamstring injury

Manchester United Women’s manager Casey Stoney has confirmed striker Alessia Russo suffered a hamstring injury during Friday’s pre-match training session, ahead of the weekend clash with Arsenal.

The forward will miss the WSL encounter with the Gunners and will undergo surgery in the coming days.

“Alessia pulled up in training with a hamstring, so it’s a longer-term injury,”
the boss told MUTV.
“We’re upset for her, she’s been doing so well, but unfortunately it’s part of the game. We’ll get her fit; we’ll get her well and get her back as soon as possible.”


Everyone at Manchester United would like to wish Alessia a speedy recovery.
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Alessia joined the Reds last summer from Brighton & Hove Albion and has played four league games for Stoney’s side, scoring three goals in the process.

She made her United debut in September’s victory over Birmingham City and scored in her first start for the Reds a few weeks later, in the 1-0 victory over former side Brighton.

Alessia also scored two in our last league outing against West Ham United three weeks ago, when we won 4-2.

The promising young forward has also earned one cap to date for England and, no doubt, will be hopeful of earning more in future.
In her absence against Arsenal on Sunday, Casey has handed a start to recent signing Christen Press up front.

Fellow US international Tobin Heath has also been selected from the off and will slot just in behind Press, with fellow attacking outlets Kirsty Hanson and Ella Toone.

In the centre of the park, it’s a partnership of Hayley Ladd and Jackie Groenen. Behind them, it’s a backline of Ona Batlle, Amy Turner, Millie Turner and Leah Galton.

In between the posts, Mary Earps will be hoping to keep a clean sheet.

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