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Mead a World Cup Doubt After ACL Rupture

In July 2023, world cup gets underway; the rivals of Arsenal Chelsea have also confirmed that undergoing surgery for a hamstring injury suffered on international duty with Denmark, midfielder Pernille Harder will be out for a “significant period”.

The world cup participation of England and Arsenal stars Beth Mead has been put in doubt due to her ACL injury. 

The Euro 2022 Golden Boot winner will be visiting a surgeon in the coming days but she’s expected to be out for an “extended period”. This was confirmed by Arsenal with the world cup of next summer just eight months away.

The player scored 37 goals in 102 appearances for her club and 29 goals in 50 appearances for her country. During the 3-2 loss of Arsenal at home to Manchester United at the weekend, she sustained an injury. 

An Arsenal statement read, “We can confirm that Beth Mead suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in our match against Manchester United at Emirates Stadium 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.”

Three goals were scored by Mead in the WSL and two in the Champions League for the Gunners this season. This follows her starring role in the triumph of England at the Euros during the summer.

With 6 goals, she claimed the Golden Boot and was named player of the tournament. Last month, she was named Ballon d’Or runner-up.

In the next summer, at the world cup taking place in New Zealand and Australia from July 20, England will be back in major tournament action. 

Mead, who recently defended herself over the comments that were attributed to her during an interview with The Guardian, has gone through an extremely challenging month. In the comments, she was quoted as saying the lack of diversity was “a coincidence” in the England women squad.

Mead spoke about England’s 4-0 friendly win over Japan earlier this month and told Sky Sports News that the article was not a “true reflection” of herself and was “unfair”. 

A Twitter post by the official account of Sky Sports wrote, “‘It was unfair how it was written, that’s not a true reflection of me.’ 

Beth Mead has defended herself over comments she made in an interview with the Guardian where she was quoted as calling the lack of diversity in the Lionesses squad ‘a coincidence ‘”. 

The following day, Mead withdrew from the England squad due to family circumstances after winning her 50th cap for the Lionesses in the wim against Japan. 

Less than a week after Sky Sports aired a feature on Inside the WSL showing that female footballers are upto 6 times more likely to suffer an ACL injury when compared to their male counterparts, the news of Mead’s injury comes. 

Some of the players to be ruled out this season alone are West Ham’s Jessica Ziu, Tottenham Duo Kyah Simon and Ellie Brazil and Aston Villa’s Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah. This issue had also come to the four during the summer’s European Championships. Just days before the opening game of Spain, the tournament was missed by Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas after rupturing her ACL. The same injury was also picked up by Simone Magill in the opening game of the tournament in Northern Ireland against Norway, just days after signing for Aston Villa. 

In their second group game against Belgium, France striker Marie – Antoinette Katoto also limped off having ruptured her ACL. Katoto was one of the favourites to win the Euro 2022 Golden Boot.

Bullet points:

  • Due to her ACL injury, Beth Mead, a standout for both England and Arsenal, may not play in the World Cup.
  • The Golden Boot winner for Euro 2022 will consult a surgeon soon, although she is anticipated to be out for a “long period.”
  • With the world cup coming up in only eight months, Arsenal confirmed this.
  • The athlete scored 29 goals in 50 appearances for her nation while also scoring 37 goals in 102 games for her club.
  • She was hurt during the weekend’s 3-2 setback for Arsenal at home against Manchester United.
  • Mead scored twice in the Champions League and three times in the WSL for the Gunners this year.
  • This comes after her prominent involvement in England’s victory at the Euros in the summer.
  • Mead said that the story wasn’t a “real portrayal” of her and was “unfair” in a statement to Sky Sports News after England’s 4-0 friendly victory over Japan earlier this month.
  • Mead earned her 50th cap for the Lionesses in the match against Japan the day after, although she later withdrew due to family obligations from the England team.

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