Helen Ward has returned to Watford FC Women from London Bees ahead of their FA Cup second round clash with MK Dons this weekend.

The club captain signed dual registration terms with both sides in order to get game time and increase her chances of involvement with the Welsh national side.

However, with the Golden Girls' league season curtailed, and the team keen to play as many games as possible in the cup, she has returned to play in a key fixture that they have to win if they want to play any more games this season.

Speaking to the club website, the skipper said she was pleased to be back and looking forward to playing a game with her Watford teammates for the first time since December 13 when they beat Chichester City 4-0.

“We are all so excited to get back and just play football,” said Ward. “It seems to have been a much harder process this time around to train alone on the cold, dark days of winter, but we’ve made it. Now, we are ready to give everything for the club and hopefully have a little FA Cup run.

“We know that the number of games we have left to play this season will be down to us and our FA Cup run. Of course, we always want to do well in this competition, but after so long away, we want to make the most of it and play as many games as we can.

“That starts this weekend and we know it is going to be a tough test against MK Dons. They had some good results during the autumn and they have put together a good squad who, I’m sure, will have the exact same mindset as us.

“We have been working hard in lockdown and we will continue to do that this week in training so we are as prepared as possible for the game this weekend.”