Manchester City and England forward Georgia Stanway will miss the next six weeks of the season after suffering a hamstring injury in midweek.

The 20-year-old Barrovian had to come off injured after half an hour of City's 7-1 victory over Swiss side Lugano in the Women's Champions League last Thursday night, in which she scored the opening goal.

Stanway had previously started the first-ever Manchester derby in the Women's Super League, as she helped the Blues to a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in front of over 31,000 at the Etihad Stadium, a record attendance for a women's club match in England.

It's the first real setback in what has been a fantastic year for Stanway, who was named as the PFA Women's Young Player of the Year and the Player of the Match in the Women's FA Cup final, where she scored against West Ham, last season.

She was also the youngest member of England's squad for the Women's World Cup, where she made five appearances in helping the Lionesses reach the semi-finals.

In her absence, Manchester City maintained their winning start to the season with a 2-0 victory against Reading yesterday.

Germany striker Pauline Bremer scored both of City's goals, breaking the deadlock with a lovely curling effort before netting a rebound after initially being denied Reading goalkeeper Grace Moloney.