Sunderland’s Robinson awaits verdict on Joice injury

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SUNDERLAND Ladies head coach Claire Robinson is hopeful that Abbey Joice will not be out of action for long after the striker sustained an ankle injury in yesterday’s victory over London Bees.

Joice was stretchered off after the break following a challenge by Bees midfielder Dawn Mallett.

Robinson said: “The medics have treated Abbey, and she has been taken to hospital as a precaution. We will have an update from there, but we think it’s something around the ankle. Fingers crossed, nothing too serious.

“She has been one of many top players this season. It’s obviously going to impact us, but we’ll consider that when it comes.”

Robinson was pleased wikh the win against a side intent almost solely on defending.

“They – pardon the phrase – parked the bus,” she said.

“That’s something we’re going to have to apply a game-plan for. But we dominated possession and I’m happy with that and it’s another three points.”

Doncaster Rovers Belles also maintained their 100 per cent record with a fourth consecutive win, beating Watford 2-0.

Belles lead the table on goal difference from Sunderland. Millwall are third on eight points from their four games.