Leicester’s Women team is back in training this week, with the fixtures of WSL also out in the open, with the season starting away to Bristol City on the 1st of October, first home match vs. Everton on the 8th.
Leicester do also have players in the WWC. CJ Bott in play for New Zealand, Courtney Nevin representing Australia.
New Zealand sensationally defeated Norway 1-0 in their first match, but had to see themselves defeated by Philippines 0-1 in their next, so their last game vs. Switzerland will be crucial for them. CJ Bott was in the line-up for their two first games, and hopefully will be playing the final group game as well.
Courtney Nevin has yet to make an appearance for Australia with their opening game vs. Ireland saw them 1-0 winners, and they are yet to play their next, happening tomorrow, playing Nigeria. Nigeria drew 1-1 in their opener with former Leicester defender Ashley Plumptre in their line-up.
Leicester coach Willie Kirk do have an exciting campaign to look forward to, with new players on board as well as having German goalkeeper Janina Leitzig signing a new and extended contract. This could be the crucial point for a lift up the table and not hopefully be in a relegation fight next season. Leitzig is a class act and was crucial in the fight for survival last season, coming in on loan from Bayern Munich mid season.
So far we have not seen a pre-season schedule, but a number of games is said to be played and arranged behind closed doors.
There are also a number of changes to the squad, seeing experienced players such as Ashley Plumptre and Jemma Purfield are both gone. Purfield has joined Southampton and Plumptre is very much in action at the World Cup for Nigeria with no new club decided.
New players have arrived in experienced forward Lena Petermann and midfielder Janice Cayman. Both are heavilly experienced players with a long career to date. Petermann and Cayman are joining from French clubs Montpellier and Lyon.
Cayman do play in a number of different positions and with a total of 138 full caps for Belgium, she will bring routine to the group, and at 34 hopefully still be up to the standards of WSL. Peterman also do have international experience, with 21 caps for Germany.
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