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Manchester City: Rose Lavelle’s fitness improves, could make debut v Arsenal

Rose Lavelle’s nears debut.

Manchester City v Arsenal - Vitality Women’s FA Cup: Semi Final Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Rose Lavelle’s improving fitness is currently on close observation by the Holders Manchester City before Thursday’s Women’s FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal.

Whoever goes through will face Everton at Wembley on the 1st of November after the Toffees beat Birmingham City 3-0.

United States midfielder, Lavelle, has yet to play for Man City since arriving in August with a minor ankle injury.

Manager Gareth Taylor hopes to give a debut “over the next couple of games” to the 25-year-old World Cup winner.

Taylor said:

“Rose has been training hard,”

“What we’re trying to do with her is just make sure she’s ready.

“She’s been really keen to get back in. It’s just been a case of keeping the reins on her slightly, just before we let her go and do her thing.

“[We were] making sure that she had the adequate strength required in her leg before we started to push her through some real vigorous training.”

Manchester City are trying to put all measures intact to ensure they retain victory over Arsenal. Arsenal who were 4-0 winners over neighbours Tottenham in the quarter-finals on Saturday before City beat Leicester 2-1 on Sunday, are bidding to win their fourth game in a row.

The Gunners have scored 19 times in three games since resuming play in September after the summer hiatus.

Arsenal Manager Joe Montemurro has said:

“We’re in every tournament to win it”. ”The scheduling is a little bit tricky but it is what it is and we need to make sure we’re prepared for it.”

“We beat them [City] twice last year and unfortunately lost at the Academy ground but they are a very good team.

“They have recruited very well and it will be a really good indication for us of where we’re at.”

It is now left for the Holders City to stick their game and obtain victory. It is really a tough game and the well prepared side is sure to take the victory.

We’ll see if Lavelle can make her debut.