Millie Bright, who leads the English team, will not be able to participate in the upcoming important UEFA Nations League games due to an injury. The 30-year-old defender’s absence will affect the Lionesses’ chances in the tournament, as she will be unable to play against the Netherlands and Scotland.
Chelsea’s recent match in the UEFA Women’s Champions League against Paris FC showed the impact of Bright’s absence. Manager Emma Hayes confirmed that she is currently recovering from a knee injury that she had sustained before the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Hayes admitted that Bright might have hurried her comeback following the World Cup and the beginning of the Chelsea season, implying that she might have required additional time for complete recuperation.
Although the knee problem is not deemed severe, Bright will stay with Chelsea for additional evaluation by the club’s medical staff. Taking her position, Manchester United defender Millie Turner has been selected to join the team. Turner’s inclusion holds great importance as these matches will decide if Team GB will secure a spot in the women’s football tournament at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. England is currently in third position in their UEFA Nations League group. They are facing a challenging task in order to secure a top spot and guarantee Team GB’s spot at the Olympics. To have any hope of achieving this, the Lionesses must emerge victorious in their upcoming matches against the Netherlands and Scotland. Additionally, they will need favorable outcomes in other matches as well.
The first test for England will take place on December 1 at Wembley against the Netherlands, followed by a clash with Scotland at Hampden Park on December 4. Turner, who has previously been part of the England senior squads but has not yet played, has been in exceptional form for Manchester United in the Women’s Super League this season. She has started in all seven of their matches. England will definitely feel the impact of Millie Bright’s absence, but they are counting on Turner to rise to the occasion and make a valuable contribution in these crucial matches. The Lionesses must bring their A-game to conquer the obstacles presented by the Netherlands and Scotland, and ensure their aspirations for the Olympics remain intact.