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Women’s World Cup: Boost for Lionesses as Keira Walsh returns to training – with a day to go until England face Nigeria

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Keira Walsh is training with the Lionesses once again – with just one day to go until England face Nigeria in the last 16.

The midfielder – who was an integral part of the team that won the Euros last year – suffered a knee injury in a group game during the Women’s World Cup.

She was subsequently ruled out of England’s Group D fixture against China.

But in a post on X, formerly Twitter, the Lionesses declared that “all 23 players” in the squad were out for training at the Central Coast Stadium in Australia.

It remains unclear whether Walsh will make an appearance on the pitch tomorrow – or return to the tournament at all.

She was stretchered off in the first half of England’s 1-0 win over Denmark in Sydney on 28 July.

Walsh suddenly collapsed to the ground without any contact with other players in the 38th minute, and immediately called for medical assistance.

Kiera Walsh

After a lengthy delay, she left the field with her head in her hands and was replaced by Laura Coombs.

Sky Sports correspondent Anton Tolui said there was “good news for England fans” as Walsh was spotted at the training ground for the first time since the injury, which had not affected her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

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Kiera Walsh

Walsh currently plays for Barcelona – having represented Great Britain at the Olympics – and previously played for Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers.

The Women’s World Cup has been tainted with injury for England players, with captain Leah Williamson and Beth Mead both forced to miss the tournament because of them.

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