Pete Lion, the Head of Medicine and Performance at Reading FC Women, has given an update on the injury status of Fara Williams, Jo Potter and Lauren Bruton.
“After a very good run with minimal injuries and good player availability through the majority of the season, we have unfortunately had a couple of significant injuries come along together,” Lion said.
Speaking first on Williams, he confirmed: “Unfortunately, Fara sustained a significant injury to her quadriceps muscle, where she pulled the tendon from the bone. This has been reattached surgically by Mr Fares Haddad in London and she has commenced her rehabilitation. Fara is an experienced professional and will work hard to be ready to return in time for pre-season.”
On the status of Potter, who picked up an injury in the Royals’ victory over West Ham at Adams Park in February, Lion said: “Jo sustained an injury to her ankle in the West Ham game. The injury is a high ankle sprain, which tend to be more significant and slower to recover from than your garden variety ankle sprain, and the rehab is a little more cautious early on.
“Her injury was a moderate grade injury, but thankfully, short of the severity that requires surgery. She spent a couple of weeks in a moon boot and on crutches and is now progressing nicely with her rehab. We expect to see Jo back on pitch before the end of the season.”
Finally, positive news around the return of striker Bruton, who has been absent from the squad so far this season. “Lauren has had a long term achilles tendon issue that did not respond to the usual management and loading strategies.
“Our medical and performance department undertook an extensive process speaking with tendon rehab specialist Jill Cook in Australia, Foot and Ankle Specialist Mr James Calder in London and Tendon Specialist Haken Alfredson in Sweden. Ultimately, she had surgery under Mr Alfredson and is progressing well with her rehabilitation. She is back running on pitch with no symptoms and we are hopeful of seeing Brutes back in action before the end of the season.”
Reading FC Women take on Brighton & Hove Albion and Liverpool in consecutive weekends at Adams Park in March – and you can attend both games for the price of just one ticket with a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ offer.
Tickets are available here for just £6 for Adults and £3 for Children/Concessions. Family tickets are available for just £12 (allowing 2 Adults and 2 Children entry) and purchasing a ticket for either the Brighton match on March 22nd or the Liverpool match on March 29th guarantees you free admission to the other.
Reading FC Season Ticket holders are reminded they can attend any Reading FC Women match at Adams Park for FREE.