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Women’s World Cup: Millie Bright a doubt against Norway

It has been announced by England manager Phil Neville that Chelsea’s Millie Bright is a doubt for tomorrow’s Women’s World Cup quarter-final against Norway due to illness.

The centre-back has picked up a virus and therefore might not be fit enough to play in Thursday’s match. Neville has reported that it has affected other members of the Lionesses’ party.

‘Millie has a virus that’s going through the camp. It’s a simple virus. Sickness, I suppose. She’s picked it up in the last couple of days. She’s in her room, recovering at this moment in time.

‘We’re travelling around together. You’re going to pick up bugs along the way.

‘Touchwood, we’ve been lucky, we’ve had no injuries or illnesses. It’s par for the course, it happens in life. [Bright] is more than likely going to be fit but at this moment in time, she is a doubt,’ he revealed.

Bright’s centre-back partner and England captain Steph Houghton also has a question mark over her fitness after she was hurt by a challenge in the closing stages of the last-16 win against Cameroon.

‘Millie is probably more of a doubt than Steph,' Neville said. 'We are going to give them right to the last minute to be fit.'

The pairing have played alongside each other in central defence in three of England’s four World Cup games.

The Lionesses face Norway in Le Havre on Thursday (kick-off 8pm UK time) in a repeat of their last-16 tie at the 2015 World Cup, which they won 2-1.
 

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