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“My first words to Sam the physio were ‘I’m going to miss the World Cup’. I knew I’d done my knee and that was it really.”

Jordan Nobbs, the England and Arsenal midfielder, is coming to terms with the fact that she will miss the Women’s World Cup in France in June and July.

The 26-year-old ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament during Arsenal’s 4-0 win over Everton in November.