Chelsea boss Emma Hayes reveals ‘doubtful’ England star Millie Bright is still struggling as a result of pre-World Cup knee injury ahead of Paris FC Champions League clash

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Chelsea captain Millie Bright may have to miss her team’s Women’s Champions League clash against Paris FC because of a knee injury, Emma Hayes says

The defender has featured prominently for Chelsea this season, making seven appearances across the Women’s Super League (WSL) and Champions League. However, Blues coach Hayes says a knee issue she sustained before the World Cup earlier this year is still an issue as Bright must manage her workload after undergoing an operation.Hayes told reporters ahead of Thursday’s European clash: “Millie’s 50/50 for tomorrow.

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Having so many games in quick succession, we’re managing her loading. She’s very much in doubt for tomorrow. Preparation going into the World Cup wasn’t ideal. She probably rushed herself back and she’s also come back after the World Cup and quickly into the Chelsea season. Perhaps she needed a little bit longer. Her knee is a little bit angry at the minute. It is not anything too detrimental. We’re just listening to her body. We’re going to take decisions on a day-by-day basis.”Bright was named in the England squad for the matches against Netherlands and Scotland next month. However, Hayes added that there is a “strong possibility” that the 30-year-old will have to pull out of the camp.Chelsea host Paris FC at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League. The London side are second in their group after drawing their first game of the competition. The reigning WSL champions and current leaders will then face Leicester in the league on Sunday.

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