Vivianne Miedema ‘absolutely gutted’ after suffering ACL injury

Arsenal Women’s star striker Vivianne Miedema faces surgery for ruptured ACL.

Arsenal confirmed that their Dutch international Vivianne Miedema has suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

An Arsenal statement read: “Viv will undergo surgery in the coming days and will unfortunately be ruled out for an extended period of time. A more detailed timescale will be established once the operation is complete.

Miedema was stretchered off the pitch after landing awkwardly during the Gunners’ Champions League clash with Lyon on Thursday.

The 26-year-old said: “Absolutely gutted to share I’ve ruptured my ACL in our last game against Lyon.

“It was one of those moments where I knew straight away.                                                                               

“I won’t be telling you I’ll come back stronger or that I’m looking forward to spending the next however many months in the gym.

“It will be tough with plenty of difficult days but sadly enough it’s part of football.

Miedema added: “I’m lucky enough to have amazing team-mates, friends and family around me.

”And Beth, who can guide me through everything that’s coming while only being a couple of weeks ahead of me.

Vivianne’s partner Beth Mead suffered the same fate with a ruptured ACL in November, prompting the question: Why are ACL injuries so common in women’s football?

In her column in Netherlands publication ADSSportsweld: Benzema, Mané, Kantévarious and my own teammate Beth Mead all have something in common.” she wrote. “They miss the World Cup due to an injury. The schedule in both women’s and men’s football is just too full. I wrote about this worrying pattern in my column.

Miedema, who is the Netherlands all-time top goalscorer, from the men’s and women’s teams, with 115 caps and 95 goals will also now miss the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament taking place in Australia & New Zealand in July & August 2023.

She had returned to great form recently, scoring 4 goals in 4 games winning Arsenal’sNovember Goal of the Month:

GunnerTalk wishes Viv and Beth well in their recovery.

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