Gareth Taylor has admitted he is hopeful that Manchester City midfielder Vicky Losada can return to action before April’s international break.
Losada was replaced at half time during City’s 4-1 FA Cup victory over Manchester United on 27 February, and has sat out her side’s two subsequent fixtures.
The City boss confirmed the summer signing was making positive progress, with her comeback potentially coming sooner than initially expected.
“Vicky’s doing okay, she was in a brace for a period,” Taylor said. “I believe she’s still got a few days within that, and then she’ll start to step up her rehabilitation. I think the messages from the medics have been really positive.
“We anticipated it could have been something that kept her out for slightly longer. We’re hoping to potentially get her back before the international break but we’ll have to see. There’s various steps and various markers these injured players have to hit in their rehab. Vicky’s moving along really well and she seems like a quick heeler.”
Losada joined City from European champions Barcelona in the summer, and has netted three goals in 11 WSL appearances this season.
City have endured an injury-hit campaign and currently sit fifth, five points off Manchester United in the final Champions League spot – although Taylor’s side do have a game in hand over their Manchester rivals – and have enjoyed an upturn in fortunes following the return of key personnel.
“I think the way that we’re able to approach games now with the squad numbers that we have, there’s no great scientific formula, I think it’s just having players back and available,” Taylor said of his side’s recent form. “We were missing so many, which obviously contributed to us not being as fluid and productive as we wanted.
“It’s about what we do, it’s about the effort that the girls put it off the pitch in terms of recovery. We’ve spoken more recently about that and they’ve done really well, and we need to maintain it.”