Beth Mead suffers ruptured ACL as Arsenal confirm forward is set for an extended period on the sidelines… leaving the England star in a race against time to be fit for next summer’s World Cup
- Arsenal star Beth Mead ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament at the weekend
- The forward was forced off during a 3-2 defeat against Manchester United
- Now Arsenal have confirmed Mead is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines
- Her place at next summer’s World Cup with England is now in serious doubt
Arsenal and England star Beth Mead is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament.
Mead picked up the injury during Arsenal’s WSL defeat against Manchester United on Saturday, and the club confirmed the full extent of her problem on Tuesday.
‘We can confirm that Beth Mead suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in our match against Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on Saturday,’ a Gunners statement read.
Arsenal’s Beth Mead ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament against Man United on Saturday
‘Unfortunately, this means that Beth is set for an extended period on the sidelines. She will see a surgeon in the coming days, after which further details on timescales will be established.
‘Everyone at the club will now be supporting Beth and working hard to get her back on the pitch as soon as possible.’
Mead’s injury blow will come as a huge concern to Lionesses boss Sarina Wiegman ahead of next summer’s World Cup, which begins in eight months time.
The Gunners forward was forced off during Saturday’s 3-2 defeat against Manchester United
The 27-year-old played a crucial role in last summer’s Euro 2022 triumph, before finishing as a runner-up in this year’s Ballon d’Or voting.
‘Looking back she had a very strong season at club and international level and she has started this season in a very good way,’ Eidevall said.
‘That shows that this isn’t form, it’s consistency, her ability to perform at this level all the time, which is so important.
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