Gareth Taylor has confirmed that summer season signing Yui Hasegawa is ‘very shut’ to creating her Manchester City debut, having been sidelined with damage for her facet’s first two WSL fixtures.
Hasegawa joined City from West Ham on deadline day, however was absent from the squad for her new membership’s opening two defeats to Aston Villa and Chelsea as a result of an ankle drawback.
The Japan midfielder didn’t go away together with her nationwide group in the course of the October worldwide break as a result of damage, enabling her to stay in Manchester – and this has put her in a powerful place forward of City’s first dwelling league fixture of the marketing campaign towards Leicester on Sunday.
“Very shut,” Taylor stated, when requested how close to Hasegawa was to creating her City debut. “Really happy to have Yui, she’s a participant we have admired for a very long time. I feel she’s capable of play in numerous positions in midfield areas.
“Very shiny, very clever, very match participant. I feel that is the one factor I’ve actually seen together with her; she covers the bottom rather well, she’s clever.
“So she’s shut, she’s shut. She appeared good within the coaching periods. Just as a result of she had a slight damage, she wasn’t capable of go away with Japan, we managed to maintain her right here, labored exhausting together with her and obtained her into place to be obtainable on Sunday.”
Hasegawa joined City following one season with West Ham, the place she scored two objectives in 17 WSL appearances because the Hammers secured their highest ever top-flight end.
City go in the hunt for their first factors of the season on Sunday once they host fellow winless facet Leicester on the Academy Stadium.