Fara Williams is out for the rest of the season, Reading FC Women has confirmed. The midfielder underwent surgery for an injury to her quadriceps muscles.
Midfielder Jo Potter should be back in action before the end of the season after she strained her ankle playing against West Ham in February. The club expects Lauren Bruton who has been out with Achilles tendon issues to be back on the pitch before the end of the season too.
Pete Lion, the Head of Medicine and Performance at Reading said: “After a very good run with minimal injuries and good player availability through the majority of the season, we have unfortunately had a couple of significant injuries come along together.”
For Williams, he explained that a tendon had been pulled from the bone requiring surgery to reattach it. He said: "Fara is an experienced professional and will work hard to be ready to return in time for pre-season.”
Potter's injury wasn't so severe. Lion said: “Her injury was a moderate grade injury, but thankfully, short of the severity that requires surgery. She spent a couple of weeks in a moon boot and on crutches and is now progressing nicely with her rehab. We expect to see Jo back on pitch before the end of the season.”
Bruton has been missing from the squad this season, but Lion was positive about her progress. He said: “Lauren has had a long term Achilles tendon issue that did not respond to the usual management and loading strategies.
“Our medical and performance department undertook an extensive process.
"Ultimately, she had surgery under Mr Alfredson and is progressing well with her rehabilitation. She is back running on pitch with no symptoms and we are hopeful of seeing Brutes back in action before the end of the season.”
Reading are currently fifth in the table with 21 points, one above Tottenham and two off Manchester United in fourth.
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