NEWS: Defender Walker pencils in injury return

Holly Walker rises above the Oxford City attack in a Women’s FA Cup tie.

Crawley Wasps defender Holly Walker is set to be fit for the start of the 2018-19 pre-season campaign after receiving positive news on her knee injury.

The 23-year-old centre-back – who won both of the club’s player of the season awards last term –sustained the injury in a friendly with Crystal Palace in January.

Initial fears she had aggravated a previous ACL injury were allayed by scans which showed the previous repair remains fully intact.

A product of the club’s successful youth system, Walker scored five goals in 12 appearances this season prior to her injury as Wasps began an unbeaten run that has taken them to the verge of promotion to the FA Women’s National League and to two cup finals.

And manager Paul Walker believes the defender’s return to fitness – on what is likely to be the eve of their first-ever season in the fourth tier of women’s football – will be a timely one.

“I’m looking forward to having Holly back as part of a squad being assembled at Wasps that is capable of mounting a challenge in the division above,” manager Paul Walker said.

“She is a very accomplished central defender so it was a blow to both the squad and her personally for her to miss the rest of the season.

“Having said this, the diagnosis on the injury is very positive and our Head of Strength and Conditioning, Jordan Stannard, together with our Club Physio, are already overseeing a programme of rehabilitation for Holly that will see her return to full fitness in preparation for pre-season.

“I am also grateful to our first-team training partner, Cottesmore Hotel, Golf and Country Club, who will be providing all the facilities needed to support Holly’s rehabilitation.”

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