Esme Morgan suffered a broken leg against Tottenham on Sunday and must undergo surgery, Manchester City have confirmed.
The 20-year-old was carried off on a stretcher after being injured in a clash with Ashleigh Neville early in City’s 2-1 defeat to Spurs at the Academy Stadium.
The Football Association had already confirmed on Monday that Morgan had withdrawn from England’s squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Northern Macedonia and Luxembourg.
And City said on Wednesday that she was “ready for a magic on the sidelines after suffering a fracture in her lower leg”, before adding: “The defender will soon have surgery on his right leg before embarking on a period of rehabilitation with the club.
“Everyone in City wishes Esme all the best in her healing and will give her the support she needs.”
Morgan made his second appearance in the new Women’s Super League season, after also impressing in the Champions League second round knockout of Real Madrid.
She is a product of City’s Academy and has played 46 senior appearances and scored once, while she is not yet restricted at the full international level after playing for the U21s.
Manchester City and England captain Steph Houghton said on Tuesday: “We all checked on her at half-time and of course after the game and we have kept in touch via message just to see how she is doing.
“She’s definitely going to be an England international. She’s so dedicated, she’s so fit, she loves to play football, and she’s so intelligent. For me, I love playing alongside her as my right-back. , and she’s done the good job over the last three or four games, and she has an incredible future ahead of her.
“Hopefully this injury isn’t that bad and she’s back on the grass again.”