Can this player be the one to lead City to WSL glory after Bunny Shaw injury?

Bristol City v Manchester City - Barclays Women's Super League
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Manchester City prepare for their final two fixtures of the Women's Super League season, and with the Cityzens currently on first with a six-point gap - which Chelsea can make up for - the title looks closer than ever. 

After completing a 4-0 win over Bristol City on the weekend, City extended their lead over Chelsea to six points, and while this was only due to the last two weekends hosting the Women's Champions League where Chelsea took on Barcelona, Man City have still made the most of their rivals having time off and making a gap which they will have to catch up with. 

But worry did arise for Manchester City, who confirmed that Khadija 'Bunny' Shaw would remain unavailable for the remainder of the season, due to an unfortunate injury. 

While Man City have a squad full of talented and very clinical goalscorers, Bunny Shaw has undoubtedly been the most beneficial this season. 

While this has been a disappointment, to say the least, City might have another name that could lead them to glory. 

Australian international Mary Fowler, who joined City back in 2022, and has registered 50 appearances since. 

Mary Fowler
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While scoring 10 goals thus far, five of those have come this season in all competitions. 

Scoring a brace on the weekend, taking over duties for her Jamaican teammate, and adding to a 4-0 victory. 

Next for Manchester City is Arsenal, in a fixture that will either end City's title hope or bring them closer to it. 

Both sides will expect a difficult encounter, especially considering the results that they've come up with against each other so far (2-1 for Arsenal and 1-0 for City). While Arsenal are no longer in the title race, and guaranteed either second or third spot, they want to give a performance to make City sweat throughout the 90 minutes - that's for sure. 

When Bunny's injury was announced, this would have been the game that everyone would wonder about the most, and with her vital goal-scoring abilities not present, it's a result many would worry about. 

But could Mary Fowler be the one to take over for Shaw and join the likes of Lauren Hemp and Laura Coombs in securing goals? 

We've seen the two other games mentioned get their names on the scoresheet on a few different occasions this season, and while they are capable of winning games, having a player like BUnny in the lineup adds more of a threat. 


City cannot dwell on this and need to focus on their two fixtures, and Mary Fowler could be the player to make the difference in the Arsenal game. 

She proved herself on the weekend, in two very opposite styles of goals; one beautifully struck right outside the box, and then a tap-in after a cross from Lauren Hemp. 

What is certain is that Fowler has shown she deserves a place in the next two starting line-ups, especially against Arsenal.