Steph Houghton to miss England's World Cup qualifier against Russia with knee injury
By Calum Wilson
Last Updated: 04/06/18 4:31pm
Manchester City defender Steph Houghton will miss England Women's qualifier in Russia as she undergoes surgery on a knee injury.
The long-standing England captain has been withdrawn from coach Phil Neville's squad for Friday's match in order to have treatment on the injury this week.
Houghton missed Neville's first three matches in charge in March this year after pulling out of the SheBelieves Cup with an ankle knock.
Houghton tweeted: "Gutted to not be joining up with @England this week but took the hard decision to have surgery tomorrow on my right knee.
"After playing with a problem for the last few months, this is the best thing for me in long term ahead of a big year for @ManCity and @England! Wishing all the girls the best of luck on Friday!"
The 30-year-old returned for England's World Cup qualifying double-header against Wales and Bosnia and Herzegovina in April.
England drew 0-0 with Wales at Southampton's St Mary's Stadium before winning 2-0 in Sarajevo to remain two points clear at the top of Group A.