Arsenal and England midfielder Jordan Nobbs wants to remain in the national team set-up despite her injury – whether that be during her rehabilitation or when the team are eating meals as a group.
Nobbs suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in Arsenal’s 4-0 away win at Everton in November and admitted it will be a tough time ahead for her without any football for the next six to nine months.
“It’s tough at times mentally but I just want to stay involved. I want to be someone who made a difference”, she told Sky Sports reporter Adam Bate.
Nobbs added: “I like to be able to talk to the girls when they remember something that happened in a game. So I am going to camp with the England girls for my rehab and just have food with them because I want to make sure I am behind them in every game they play.”
It is the second time that injury has affected her role at a World Cup, with her preparation for the 2015 tournament in Canada having been affected by a hamstring injury that she suffered just weeks before flying to the North American country. She was named in the squad however, though did not play any part in England’s journey through to the third place play-off.
This time around, she has been ruled out with her serious knee injury and will not be part of the 23-player squad that will travel to France in the summer. She said she has accepted that injury is part and parcel of the game.
She told Sky Sports: “You have to accept injury along the way but I think you also have to accept that you are allowed to be sad about it and that you are allowed to be a bit emotional at times and know that it hurts because that’s how passionate I am about the game.”
Elsewhere, England have been drawn in a group with Scotland, Argentina and Japan as they turn their attentions to the upcoming World Cup in France.