Injury fears for Alnwick’s Lucy Bronze have been allayed after she limped off in the 84th minute of England’s 2-1 win over Mexico last night.
The 23-year-old, who played yesterday’s crucial second game for the Lionesses in the more familiar role of right-back, was hurt just before England scored their second goal of the game – and of their World Cup campaign.
As her side kept up the pressure after Fran Kirby stabbed in the opener, the former Duchess’s Community High School pupil helped set up another attack before sprinting across the field to make a tackle in an effort to keep the move alive.
Not long after, substitute Karen Carney headed in a second and prior to the restart, Bronze, who only made her Manchester City debut a few games before the World Cup due to injury, headed off in some discomfort.
But on Twitter, Bronze said she was fine and was taken off as a precaution. She also thanked fans for their messages.
In a nervy first half in Canada, which followed Colombia’s shock win over the French to blow Group F wide open, the players looked like they were feeling the pressure of knowing that a draw would leave them in bottom spot and put their progression to the knock-out stages in jeopardy.
However, Bronze was one of the few bright lights prior to the interval, creating chances by rampaging up the right wing and it looked like that was where joy might come for England.
Her good performance continued in the second period, where substitutions from manager Mark Sampson helped to swing the game in England’s direction.
The job is not done yet, but England’s win means they now sit second in the group ahead of their clash with Colombia on Wednesday night, kick-off 9pm.