England midfielder Jordan Nobbs ruled out of Women's World Cup
England midfielder Jordan Nobbs will miss the Women's World Cup next summer after undergoing surgery on a damaged anterior cruciate ligament.
Arsenal midfielder Nobbs suffered the injury to her left knee during Arsenal's 4-0 win at Everton last month.
The Football Association said surgery on the 25-year-old, England's vice-captain, had been successful but she would not be back in time for the World Cup, which takes place in France in June.
"We are all wishing Jordan a speedy recovery and will be supporting her every step of the way throughout her rehabilitation process," England coach Phil Neville said.
"She is an invaluable member of the Lionesses squad and played a huge part in helping us secure our place at the World Cup finals.
"Naturally we are disappointed that a player of Jordan's ability and importance will not be able to take part in the World Cup, but the priority is that she returns to full fitness and can look forward to many exciting years ahead."
The Lionesses were unbeaten in qualifying campaign and will face Brazil, Japan and World Cup holders the United States in their tournament build-up.