Arsenal Ladies will be at home to Notts County Ladies on Sunday and will be hoping to hit the ground running. The big question is who will be available to play?
FA WSL teams tend not to communicate about injured players in order to keep possible team lineups secret from the opposition.
It is a common and accepted practice used by all clubs as seen recently with Chelsea in the FA Women’s Cup semi-final. They played their third choice goalkeeper due to injuries to their main goalies and obviously did not disclose this information until they started their warm-up.
So, we do not really know who is fit and who is not for the season opener at Borehamwood FC.
With the players coming back from the international week without any injuries reported, let’s have a look at the potential players who could be in the 18-player squad on Sunday.
Available 13: Sari Van Veenendaal, Fara Williams, Leah Williamson, Chloe Kelly, Jordan Nobbs, Danielle Carter, Carla Humphrey, Anna Moorhouse, Jodie Taylor, Katie McCabe, Heather O’Reilly, Dominique Janssen, Danielle Van De Donk.
Doubtful 3: Kim Little (status unknown as she was not selected for Scotland due to an injury), Jemma Rose (status unknown), Alex Scott (back in training, injured during the SheBelieves Cup).
Not available 3: Vyan Sampson (knee surgery), Emma Mitchell (hamstring injury – out for three to four months), Beth Mead (broken collarbone surgery)
Arsenal Ladies striker Beth Mead is "recovering very well" after undergoing surgery following a broken collar bone. pic.twitter.com/icMp0cDgB5
— Jo Currie (@JoCurrie) April 7, 2017
We might look at development team players to complete the 18-playes squad and the following players might get a chance:
- Anna Patten (defender) who has been a regular fixture in the squad in previous games.
- Lotte Wubben-Moy (defender) who has just made her come back from injury with the Development team on Sunday in their 10-0 win against Watford.
- Taylor Hinds (defender) who could deputise at left-back or left-wing back as she is the only left-footed player available at the moment.
- Rianna Dean (centre forward) the England u19 striker recently scored a brace with England in the Elite Round and has steadily improved recently, her record in the Development League is 23 goals from 12 games and she should be given a chance as a back-up to Jodie Taylor if Beth Mead is not fit.
My expected starting eleven based on Kim Little being passed fit for the game is:
Van Veenendaal; Williamson, Williams, Janssen; O’Reilly, Nobbs, Little, McCabe; Carter, Taylor, Van De Donk.