Speaking to the press ahead of Arsenal’s game against Manchester City in the semi-final of the Conti Cup on Wednesday night, Jonas Eidevall delivered some good news.
Lia Walti is set to return to the squad after missing several recent games due to injury.
Vivianne Miedema and Beth Mead will still be absent due to long-term injuries.
Teyah Goldie, however, has not yet fully recovered from her ACL injury and is currently wearing a boot.
“Lia Walti is coming back into the squad after missing recent games,” said Eidevall. “There’s no concerns there for Wednesday.
“On Teyah, she has still not been able to fully come back after the ACL injury, and we had a minor implication on the later stages of her rehab process, which forced her to wear a boot.
“But, as far as I’m aware of now, that boot is no longer used so it was not a long-term thing. Let’s hope she can be back on the pitch with us soon.”
Eidevall also emphasised the importance of rotating the squad and remaining sharp while also maintaining consistency.
With a busy fixture schedule, rotation will play a key role in keeping the players fresh and injury-free.
Eidevall acknowledged that he has fewer players to choose from but stated that the team and individuals are at a stage where they can handle the increased minutes.
“We have to start with the first game and of course, we will get some answers and how that will progress to the second game, but we’ll start by trying our very best to win the first. I think when you have less numbers, it means you will do less rotation because you have less players to choose from.
“From that sense, it might be easier for me than it is for Gareth. He has more players to choose from but I have less.
“It obviously means I have more players that will need to play more minutes in these three matches, but I think we’re at the stage both as a team and they are as individuals that they can handle it.”