Doncaster Rovers Belles have been dealt a huge blow with the news that striker Courtney Sweetman-Kirk suffered a broken leg in a practice match at the weekend.
The striker scored 25 goals in 24 appearances last season to help Belles win promotion back to FAWSL1. She also won the FAWSL2 Players’ Player of the Year award.
Belles’ return to the top flight has been somewhat blighted by injuries already.
Sue Smith, Carla Humphrey and Katrin Omarsdottir all missed their opening day 4-1 defeat to Chelsea.
Doncaster’s next game is at Birmingham City on April 27.