It takes a lot to stop versatile Albion defender Maya Le Tissier.

But boss Hope Powell had to take her out of the firing line in a midweek cup game.

Le Tissier is expected to face Reading in the WSL today (2pm) at the end of a big week which also saw her named in the latest England under-23 squad.

She needed treatment during the 1-0 home defeat by London City in the Conti Cup and was then sent crashing again seconds after rejoining the action.

Le Tissier was removed from the action with thoughts of the league in mind.

Powell said: “She is fine. She got a bit of a knock on Sunday (versus Leicester) and got whacked a few times.

“She got studded quite heavily again (on Wednesday) so it was just for protection really.

“She’s a tough cookie and would probably play on with a broken leg!

“The priority for us at this stage is the WSL.”

Le Tissier played at right-back in both games this week but had licence to get a long way forward.

She made her name as a centre-back and also operated in a deep-lying midfield berth in the first half at Chelsea.

Powell believes there is no need for her to specialise for now.

She said: “I think her versatility helps her learn more about the game, more about herself and her capabilities.

“When we have been quite light, it’s a necessity as much as anything else and what’s best for the team as well as what’s best for Maya.

“She is more than capable, she enjoys the challenge and it allows us to make subtle changes.

“At the moment we have that luxury where she has the capability certainly of playing centre-half and full-back and we will utilise her as we see fit.

“Down the years, who knows? It is all about her progression and how she manages herself.”

Powell was keen to win the Conti Cup game and ended up sending on senior players she would have preferred to rest.

Albion struggled to break down both London City and Leicester but the contest with Reading should offer a different test, Powell said: “We know the qualities Reading have. They will come out and attack more.

“They won’t stay in a low block or get players behind the ball so I think it will be pretty expansive.”