Leah Williamson returned to the field after a nine-month absence, as the captain of England and fully recovered from injury, when she substituted in for Arsenal during their 6-0 victory over Reading in the League Cup on Wednesday evening.
After being sidelined since April due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury, the 26-year-old returned to action. This lay-off period also caused the player to miss England’s participation in the final of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand during the summer.
Williamson’s significant opportunity occurred shortly after sixty minutes into the game at the Select Car Leasing Stadium when she substituted for Jen Beattie.
She continued to help out her fellow England player, Beth Mead, who had also recently returned from an ACL injury in October. The winger scored a superb goal in the 80th minute, making it 5-0.
Stina Blackstenius sealed a hat-trick to finish off the rout, as Caitlin Foord and Laia Codina also found the net for Jonas Eidevall’s team in the same match.