Leanne Kiernan is out of the Republic of Ireland's World Cup play-off in October due to an ankle injury she sustained during Liverpool's Women's Super League win against Chelsea on Sunday.

The striker went off in the second half of the Reds' impressive 2-1 win against the reigning champions, with a subsequent scan revealing she is facing a long stint on the sidelines.

Liverpool have confirmed that Kiernan may require surgery and is set to miss several months.

Ireland will play either Scotland or Austria in a massive play-off game on 11 October.

"It's obviously really disappointing for Leanne and the rest of the squad because she had a terrific pre-season and has been in great shape," said Liverpool manager Matt Beard.

"But these things happen in football, we have a squad to deal with these things and excellent medical staff to get Leanne back in great shape when she’s ready."

In a short statement Kiernan thanked fans for the support she's received, adding: "Thank you to all the fans who reached out to me, your support means a lot. I’m looking forward to getting back out there as soon as I can. See you soon."

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