England manager Sarina Wiegman has said it would take a ‘miracle’ for injured striker Beth Mead to make the Lionesses World Cup squad.
With the World Cup beginning on July 20, Wiegman cast serious doubt on the 27-year-old recovering in time for the tournament in Australia.
“If a miracle happens and she goes [through recovery] so fast, we will reconsider it, but at this moment I don’t expect that.”
Wiegman added: “She’s done really well in her rehabilitation. But if you look at the timescale you normally have with an injury like this she would not make the World Cup.
“We had that discussion. We’re not going to push or take risks that will cause this injury again. Of course she wants to play, but she knows.”
Mead has 50 caps for her country scoring 29 goals to date.
She made her England debut in 2018 against Wales and scored her first goals in a 6-0 win over Kazakhstan a few months later.
Mead scored six times as England won the European Championship on home soil in the summer of 2022, and also racked up five assists as she was named player of the tournament.
She has also scored 57 times for Arsenal having joined the Gunners from Sunderland in 2017.
England play their first World Cup group game against Haiti on July 20 followed by matches against Denmark (July 28) and China (August 1).
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