Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro has confirmed that Steph Catley will feature in the Arsenal squad for Sunday’s game against Brighton & Hove Albion. The Australian has been largely absent this season due to a nagging hamstring problem, which eventually required surgery in January. Catley joined the club from Melbourne last summer with the Gunners fending off competition from Lyon for her signature.
Montemurro says his compatriot will be in the squad on Sunday for the first time since she played a few minutes as a substitute in the December defeat at Manchester City. Speaking to Arseblog News on Friday morning, Joe Montemurro confirmed, “Noelle (Maritz) and Steph will be in the squad, it’s great to have Steph back with us. We’re hopeful that we can give her some minutes over the next few weeks which will be fantastic.”
Swiss full-back Noelle Maritz missed last weekend’s match against Gillingham due to heavy bruising on her shin but she will be in the squad, “Noelle has trained ok but she is still pretty badly bruised. There is a bit of caution there so we will assess that in terms of whether she can start or not but she’ll definitely be in the squad.”
Meanwhile, Viki Schnaderbeck has been missing since November with a knee injury. Montemurro says it is not certain that she will play again this season, “We’re just assessing the future for this season with Viki, we’re just getting some secondary medical advice on that and I can probably let you know next week.”
This season the women have split their time in training between the club’s Hale End and London Colney facilities due to covid protocols. I asked Joe what drove when the women’s team were able to use the primary London Colney training base.
“It’s down to numbers at the moment at both facilities. We have to be careful in terms of numbers and that’s down to government regulations. So it depends on the number at either facility. The main concern is that we (the men’s and women’s teams) don’t enter one another’s bubbles.
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“It’s also dictated by when we want to train, so if we want to do a morning or afternoon session, we have to look at the numbers at both facilities. So it’s dictated by our schedule too depending on whether we want to do a morning or an afternoon session. If we want to train in the morning and the boys are there, we’ll train at Hale End but if Colney is clear we will go there, so we plan our weeks out in advance.”