Women's Euro 2022

Vivianne Miedema returns to Netherlands training following Covid-19 absence

Miedema's return is a huge boost
Miedema's return is a huge boost / ANP/GettyImages

Vivianne Miedema has returned to Netherlands training after she tested positive for Covid-19 last week, but manager Mark Parsons has urged for patience while the Arsenal striker gets up to speed.

Miedema previously tested positive for the virus and subsequently missed her side's Euro 2022 wins over Portugal and Switzerland.

However, she has returned to the grass in time to be considered for the Netherlands' crunch quarter-final meeting with France.

Speaking to the press after an open training session on Wednesday, Parsons mused that although the news was a boost, Miedema still had to prove her fitness.

"Very big news, positive news for us," he began

"We have to get through three days of training, we got one. She looked good but it doesn't mean anything at the moment, she needs to get through all three days, because then we know her fitness level and we can make a decision.

"I don't know if she can play yet, but on Friday, after three days, then we'll know. Also at that point we'll know how many minutes.

"There are three important steps and we just ticked one, we've got two more and then we'll know the answer to this."

Miedema's potential return will be particularly welcomed by the Netherlands after Lieke Martens was ruled out of the rest of the tournament through injury.