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England captain Leah Williamson to miss World Cup after cruciate ligament injury

England's Lionesses have suffered a major blow ahead of the summer's World Cup, with captain Leah Williamson set to miss the tournament after rupturing her cruciate knee ligament.

Arsenal confirmed the worst fears around the injury the 26-year-old suffered during Wednesday’s Women’s Super League defeat by Manchester United.

“Leah will now begin a period of rehabilitation and is set for an extended spell on the sidelines. She will undergo surgery in due course," the club said in a statement.