Liverpool captain Niamh Fahey set for two month lay-off with calf tear
Niamh Fahey has been hit with an early-season blow as the Liverpool captain is set to miss up to two months with the recurrence of a torn calf.
The defender suffered a grade two calf tear during the first half of last week’s 3-1 pre-season friendly defeat to Manchester United.
Galway native Fahey, 35, was subsequently ruled out of Ireland’s UEFA Nations League opening games at home to Northern Ireland and Hungary.
That means she will miss out on a history-making double as Ireland host Northern Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in their first Nations League tie and the first women’s international at the venue.
And she will also be absent for at least the first week of Liverpool’s Women’s Super League campaign, which begins against Arsenal on October 1st.
“Fahey, six to eight weeks [out], a grade two tear of the calf,” said Reds boss Matt Beard, confirming his earlier fears when Fahey limped off in Carrington.
Fahey’s Reds and Ireland team-mate Leanne Kiernan is also short of fitness as she continues recovery from an ankle injury that ruled her out for all of last season.
Megan Campbell, Aoife Mannion, Jessie Stapleton, Claire Walsh, Tara O’Hanlon, Roma McLaughlin, Jess Ziu and Sinead Farrelly complete an extensive injury list for interim Ireland boss Eileen Gleeson.