Beth Mead has high hopes of returning to Lionesses squad for Women’s World Cup 2023

Beth Mead has high hopes of returning to Lionesses squad for Women’s World Cup 2023 by Michelle

Beth Mead, forward for both England and Arsenal Women, has stated that she is recovering from her anterior cruciate ligament injury faster than expected. However, she is uncertain if she will be ready to compete in the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.

Mead hasn’t been on the pitch for Arsenal since she suffered the injury at Emirates Stadium in November last year. Also, Beth missed both international camps in February and April this year. Nevertheless, she is optimistic about regaining full fitness before England Women’s opening game against Haiti, which will take place on July 22nd 2023 during the tournament in Australia.

Mead recently spoke to Sky Sports after receiving an MBE from Prince William at Windsor Castle, for her outstanding performance in the Lionesses’ successful Euro 2022 campaign. During the interview, Mead shared that she has resumed training at London Colney and is feeling positive about her prospects of joining the Lionesses’ squad for the upcoming tournament in Australia and New Zealand.

“The injury’s okay, I’m a good five months in and back on the pitch and kicking a ball again, feeling good, ahead of schedule. That’s all I can do that’s in my control right now,” said Beth.

“I wouldn’t say I’m confident [of getting to the World Cup] because that’s out of my control but I’m working hard to get as close to that as possible.”

Lionesses Head coach Sarina Wiegman could greatly benefit from the inclusion of Beth Mead in the squad, especially given her impressive performance as both the Golden Boot winner and player of the tournament during England’s successful Euro 2022 campaign.

Unfortunately, Wiegman faces significant challenges as captain Leah Williamson is currently sidelined with an ACL injury, and midfielder Fran Kirby has confirmed that she will miss the upcoming tournament due to a knee injury. Adding to these setbacks, Chelsea defender Millie Bright will also be unavailable for several more weeks following a knee injury she sustained in March.

Michelle Maxwell

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