Luckless Sunderland Ladies keeper Laws hit by new injury setback

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Rachael Laws will miss the rest of Sunderland’s season after suffering a recurrence of her knee injury.

The Lady Black Cats keeper will miss tomorrow’s Women’s Super League 1’s match of the day against Arsenal and the following week’s trip to championship hopefuls Chelsea.

It’s a massive blow for Rachael

CARLTON FAIRWEATHER

It is a savage blow for Laws, who first damaged knee ligaments in training in May at the start of the mid-season break.

The Hebburn girl spent three months out, missing the side’s brilliant mid-season run while she recovered.

Sunderland signed Norwegian Hilde Olsen, who deputised superbly until Laws was recalled for the Continental Cup defeat to Manchester City last month.

Laws played in the WSL1 matches at Birmingham City and Manchester City, but she was injured in training and will now see a specialist.

Olsen will now come into the side against the Gunners at Eppleton CW tomorrow (kick-off 6.30pm).

Sunderland head coach Carlton Fairweather said he was gutted for his vice-captain. “It’s a massive blow for Rachael,” he told the Echo. “We don’t yet know how serious it is – she needs to have a scan.

“Hilde will come in and she has proved already she’s a fantastic keeper.”

The Norway U23 keeper arrived at the Stadium of Light during the mid-season break and is contracted until the end of the WSL season, though Sunderland may look to extend her stay on Wearside.

Tickets are available online at www.sunderland.fawsl.com/tickets, priced £4 for adults and £2 for under-21s and over-65s. Fans can pay on the day, priced £5 for adults and £2.50 concessions.