Skipper Hillier set to hand Blues a boost ahead of Leeds clash

Pompey skipper Gemma Hillier
Pompey skipper Gemma Hillier
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Gemma Hillier is set to play through the pain barrier as she aims to help Pompey Ladies beat Leeds at Hayling’s College Ground on Sunday (2pm).

The Blues skipper suffered a hand injury during last weekend’s defeat to Manchester City.

She was accidently stepped on by a rival player and, as a result, some bone has come away from her finger and the ligament has detached.

Blues boss Vanessa Raynbird said: ‘Gemma went in for a tackle last weekend and ended up on the ground.

‘Her hand was then accidently stood on.

‘She had it taped up at half-time and played the second half.

‘It sounds like it is quite a painful one but hopefully she will be alright to play.’

Pompey are no longer able to climb out of the bottom two in the FA Women’s Premier League national division.

They also cannot be caught by Barnet who sit below them.

But the Blues will not be taking it easy against title-chasing Leeds on Hayling Island.

Defender Kaylee Schumann-Edwards, striker Charley Wilson and keeper Sadie Blakely are all back in the squad after missing last weekend’s 2-1 defeat.

Leeds still have an outside of winning the division.

They are four points behind Sunderland with two games to play, but the teams meet on the final day of the season.

Raynbird was impressed by the Yorkshire side earlier this season.

So she is pleased to have boosted her ranks with the three returning players and now has some tricky selection calls to make.

‘Sadie Blakely, Charley Wilson and Kaylee Schumann-Edwards are fit and available,’ said Raynbird.

‘We need them available for Leeds.

‘It’s a bit of a selection headache but a good one.

‘We weren’t good enough when we played them away but we didn’t have a full squad there.

‘I thought Leeds were as good as any team I have seen in this league.

‘Leeds have got to win on Sunday but that probably won’t be enough as you would expect Sunderland to beat Cardiff.

‘We want to win as well. We want to get as many points on the board as we can.’

With Blakely away last weekend, Louise Worsfold played in goal and proved an able deputy for the Blues.

Formerly a regular in the Pompey side, she made her presence felt with a solid display after returning from navy service in Afghanistan.

Worsfold is not available for the rest of the season but has indicated she will be around to compete for a place in the 2013-2014 season as the Blues prepare for the southern division campaign.