Mary Earps Injury, Get Complete Details

Manchester United Women’s goalkeeper, Mary Earps, endured a devastating moment during England’s Euro qualifier against France at St James’ Park. The match saw Earps, who was recently honored with an MBE and celebrated her 50th Lionesses cap, exit the game tearfully due to an injury sustained within the first minute. This unfortunate event overshadowed the match, which ended in a 2-1 loss for England.

Early Injury Blow

In the opening minute, Earps felt discomfort as she controlled a pass back before moving the ball to Millie Bright. Despite initial attempts to continue playing, she was forced to the ground again in the sixth minute and had to be substituted by Chelsea’s Hannah Hampton by the eighth minute. Earps’ departure was met with applause from the crowd, but she couldn’t hold back her tears as she left the pitch.

Post-match, Earps was seen walking on crutches, casting doubt over the severity of her injury. England manager Sarina Wiegman expressed her concern, stating, “She doesn’t go off the pitch often and she’s on crutches. I really don’t know but of course there are some concerns.”

Match Overview

England hoped for a positive outcome to lift their spirits, but the match against France did not go in their favor. Beth Mead opened the scoring for England in the 30th minute, only for Élisa De Almeida to equalize in the 41st minute. Despite Hampton’s heroic save in the first half, Marie-Antoinette Katoto’s goal in the 68th minute secured France’s victory. This defeat marked England’s first loss in the group stage and their first Euro’s qualifying defeat since June 2000 against Norway.

Fixture Congestion Concerns

The incident with Earps comes amid growing calls to reevaluate the packed fixture calendar, which has been linked to a surge in player injuries. The intense schedule has left players with little recovery time, raising questions about the management of player welfare in women’s football.

Future Prospects for Earps

Earps’ injury also raises questions about her future, particularly her potential move away from Manchester United, where she has been since 2019. In an interview with Sky Sports, Earps revealed that she has asked the club for clarity on their future plans. “I’ve asked the club for some confirmation on what they’re trying to achieve and when I have those answers I’ll be able to make a decision. It’s up to the club,” she said.

There has been significant interest in Earps, with Arsenal reportedly making the highest-ever bid for a female goalkeeper last summer. Earps will be hoping that her injury does not jeopardize her prospects for a transfer.

Looking Ahead

The Lionesses will have an opportunity to bounce back in the reverse fixture against France on June 4 at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. However, the pressure is on as failure to secure a top-two finish in the group would force England to qualify via the play-offs, potentially jeopardizing their chance to defend their 2022 Euro title.

Earps’ injury adds to the challenges facing Wiegman’s side as they navigate through the remaining qualifiers. England fans will be hoping for a swift recovery for Earps and a strong response from the team in their upcoming matches.

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