CERI Holland will miss Wales’ do-or-die clash against Denmark this week.

The Liverpool forward, who qualifies for Wales through her Llanrhaeadr-born mother, scored a consolation goal as Wales crashed to a 5-1 defeat in Germany last weekend.

The result leaves Wales rooted to the foot of their Nations League table without a win from four games and facing relegation ahead of the meeting with Denmark in Swansea last night (Tuesday).

Holland, 25, played for 86 minutes and left the ground on crutches.

Liverpool said their current player of the year was expected to undergo an MRI scan this week on a suspected calf injury.

Leicester City forward Hanna Cain also suffered an injury.


“Both players picked up small knocks in the Germany game,” said under pressure Wales manager Gemma Grainger. “We originally thought we could turn them around for this game against Denmark, but we decided sending them back to their clubs was the best thing for them.

“We believe they are only small injuries and our hope is that they are available for the December games.”

Grainger says she is unfazed by criticism with mounting calls for change following a dismal Nations League campaign.

She said: “For me it comes down to realism and perspective. The gap between us and the first and second seeded nations is significant, for us we want to compete but I think we have that realism and perspective that this is our first time at this level.

“We’ve earned the right to be in league A, we want to be here and take lessons from it, but we have to be realistic.

“If you look at the results against Denmark and Germany, rather than the performances, then I think that is where most of the opinions are coming from.

“We are playing at this level for the first time. We know we can compete with any seed three teams, but these seed one or two teams are at a different level.

“We don’t want to be a team that sits in and loses 1-0 and doesn’t get close to winning. That isn’t going to help us to qualify for a major tournament, which is our aim.

“But I don’t mind people having an opinion. But I think it should be on the performance, not the result.

“The gap between the top seeded teams in women’s football and the rest is massive.”