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England has injury woes ahead of the international break as both Leah Williamson and Lotte Wubben-Moy have pulled out of the squad after suffering injuries. Williamson who was named permanent captain has traveled with the squad but will play no part in their World Cup qualifier against North Macedonia. Wubben-Moy has not traveled with the squad and has stayed back at Arsenal with an injury to her thigh.

“She’s doing well. She came in (to the) camp good, but we didn’t want to take any risks. She had a little bit of a headache so we take the medical protocols, which means she just needs to take a little more time in her program to build her up. No duels, no heading, so she’s not ready for the game (on) Friday. She’s getting prepared for the Tuesday game,” England head coach Sara Weigman said about Leah Williamson. “I think so. We just took her from Sunday evening when she came in. From that, we have been really aware of the situation and doing the right things. I think she’s in a good place.”

“Of course, she’s disappointed because she has been captain for so long and has done a tremendous job. I have lots of respect for her,” she added. “But she also knows, and that’s what we talked about too, she hasn’t joined this team for a long time. She came in September and had to leave because of an injury. She started playing with her club in January again and then she had to step out again. So she has missed so many things. Also we hope she will get fit. But then she still has to be fit, to perform, then she’s starting to compete if she gets fit, to hopefully compete for making the squad.”

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