18th Dec, 2017

Skinner eyes winning return for injury-hit Blues Ladies

FOOTBALL: LADIES boss Marc Skinner hopes an injury hit Blues side can return to winning form against Bristol City this weekend.

Blues Ladies were dumped out of the FA WSL on Sunday after being beat by Manchester City, and Skinner’s problems have been made worse by a number of ongoing injuries.

The Blues boss received the devastating news that goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the end of last month.

The popular keeper though revealed she wants to return to the club as soon as possible, underlining her high spirit in what is a difficult time.

Skinner is also without Abbey-Leigh Stringer, Meg Sargeant, Emily Westwood, and Bella Linden.

Despite all this, Skinner is optimistic the club can overcome its recent setbacks.

He said: “We need more goals, no doubt about it. We’ve been hit hard by injures, but I see what the players are capable of in training and we need that on the pitch.

“More players have got to take greater responsibilities in attacking areas and we will get out rewards.

“We’ll have to be right at it against Bristol City on Sunday, but there’s fixtures coming up which I expect us to be taking a healthy points haul from.”

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