Lionesses captain Williamson set to miss World Cup after ACL rupture

England captain Leah Williamson is set to miss this summer's Women's World Cup after suffering a ruptured ACL in Arsenal's defeat at Man Utd on Wednesday.

Williamson was taken off after collapsing to the ground only 12 minutes into Arsenal's 1-0 loss at Leigh Sports Village, with her knee appearing to be the source of her discomfort.

A stretcher was called for and while the 26-year-old was able to walk off the pitch, aided by two Arsenal physios, a scan has shown her to have suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, which normally takes at least six months to recover from.

That will mean she will most likely be unable to lead the Lionesses at the Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, which runs from July 20 to August 20. Sarina Wiegman names her squad in late May and England's opening game is against Haiti on Saturday 22nd July in Brisbane.

Less than two weeks prior to suffering the injury injury, she led England to the inaugural Finalissima trophy at Wembley, beating Brazil in a penalty shoot-out to land the second piece of silverware since Wiegman named her as captain ahead of last summer's Euros.