Kim Little Undergoes Surgery on Foot Injury

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Arsenal have confirmed that captain Kim Little has undergone surgery on a foot injury and will return ‘later in the season.’ The full details are not yet known, but Little missed the recent 2-1 defeat to Manchester City along with Lia Wälti.

Wälti has not travelled for tonight’s WSL game against Liverpool and neither will Kim, with Jill Roord suspended, it means Leah Williamson will likely come into midfield.

A statement on the Arsenal website read, “Kim Little has undergone successful surgery on a foot injury and is expected to be back and available for selection later in the season. Everyone at the club is wishing Kim a speedy return.”

While a blow to lose Kim, Arsenal are well covered in this part of the pitch with Jordan Nobbs, Danielle van de Donk and Jill Roord to call on.

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Christopher Humphrey

Get well soon Kim.
I understand all the arguments for keeping information on player injuries away from the opposition but “following successful surgery” & “back later in the season” don’t
seem to go together too well at AWFC.
Personally, I don’t believe “No news is good news”…..Lia Walti???

Eeleen

Well I don’t understand those arguments anymore :). The result about Kim stuff is that no supporter will believe info about Lia until she is actually in the starting line up. Men’s football has moved away from blatantly lying about injuries, womens game should move away from it also. And even this injury update didin’t tell us how long and what was the problem. Kat Veje has been out all season and club hasn’t told us anything about it really. Jen had a little problem, was out 2 months and missed all the games that desided the title. At least… Read more »

Armchair

Yes, Arsenal are again suffering from an excessive number of injuries–and the team has not been candid about their nature. Montemurro had suggested that Little and Walti missed games recently because they just needed a bit of rest. Maybe he wasn’t aware of the full extent of Little’s issues–but her problem obviously wasn’t related to a minor knock and needing “rest.” The team has been hamstrung with injury problems for two months. You can’t replace someone of Little’s quality, which is a big reason why the team has not been clicking lately. And the other injuries to Beattie and Veje… Read more »

Eeleen

I understand why we signed Jill. We needed to be able to rotate Kim and Jordan. DvD is playing in front three most of the time, Katie is LB. We probably can’t get better attacking mid than Jill to be backup option for Kim and Jordan. Like you said, she is is young and has physical attributes to be good and different compared to our “shorties”. It hasn’t really worked out for her yet, but potential is there. I also didn’t like her defensive workrate at City game, too many times she was passed by, but thats coachable and as… Read more »

Peter Story Teller

Mmm I’m afraid a lot is going to be asked of Jordan in the next few games. She has the character but perhaps her body is still in the process of mending itself. Missing Kim is a kick in the teeth but Lia the unsung heroine as well….

Byo

I still insist the squad is too small in numbers to cope with 2-3 players out. We got away with it last season, but for how long this season. The squad needs 2/3 players more, either promote from the academy, or bring in new players if they’re not ready.

Peter Story Teller

It is an easy argument to make when faced with the injury problems we have again but Joe insists he doesn’t want a large squad so the number of players is unlikely to significantly increase while he is at the helm. I have to agree with an interview Leah gave when she said the team are actually playing better this season than last. We should and could have beaten City as we were the better team on the day despite the hype of their manager leaving but a couple of lapses cost us the match. As for the game against… Read more »