Vivian Miedema finishes the World Cup after tore her cruciate ligament: “I knew it right away” | Dutch football
Vivian Miedema’s fears have come true. The Arsenal striker and the orange leagues have been absent for months due to a serious knee injury. A hospital examination revealed that she had ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament. Although participation in the World Cup at the end of July is not ruled out, Miedema has already finished fighting for the title in Australia and New Zealand. “I knew right away.”
Miedema was seriously injured last Thursday during the Champions League match with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium against Olympique Lyonnais. She was carried from the field, crying, on a stretcher just before half-time. At the time, the Orange’s all-time leading scorer suspected what she now knows for certain: a torn ACL.
Miedema made his voice widely heard via Twitter. “I knew right away. There are many things on your mind: I won’t be able to help my team this season, no World Cup, no surgery and a long rehabilitation. I wouldn’t say here that I’ll come back stronger. It’s going to be tough with a lot of tough days – a lot of crying.” – But, unfortunately, this is part of football.
The attacker will not work until the beginning of January. This was actually supposed to happen this week, but Miedema’s knee still looks very swollen due to fluid buildup. Arsenal said that once the operation is complete, a detailed timetable for her rehabilitation will be drawn up. A full recovery from such a serious injury usually takes an outstanding athlete six to nine months. The first ever Orange World Cup match between Australia and New Zealand is scheduled to take place on July 23 in Dunedin, New Zealand. That’s more than seven months.
Andres Juncker sympathizes with Miedema
National coach Anders Juncker of the Dutch footballers sympathizes with Vivian Miedema. “It is, of course, terrible news,” Juncker said. “First of all for Vivian herself, who will have to recover from this serious injury in the coming months, but also for Arsenal and Dutch football. With 115 caps and 95 goals, Vivian is invaluable to the Orange Lionesses. We wish her a lot of strength. In the coming months with the operation and recovery.
It is therefore uncertain if Miedema will recover in time to play her third World Cup final with Orange. The Netherlands are in a group with the United States and Vietnam, a country that has yet to qualify for the World Cup through the play-offs. This country is Orange’s first opponent.
Miedema has previously expressed her concern about the many injuries in men’s and women’s football in her column for this newspaper. She believes the playing schedule is too full and advocates for less stress on professional soccer players. Miedema himself took a short break in the last period and missed the Arsenal match. She seemed to be rejuvenating and adjusting to another long season with club and international football. But this will not happen. Destiny decided that she had to rehabilitate in the coming months.
Miedema’s long absence is the second blow in a short time for Arsenal. Last month, Miedema’s friend, Beth Meade, tore her anterior cruciate ligament. Also the English striker, an important pawn for Sarina Wegman in lionessesIt was in the junk bin for several months. “She can guide me very well next time in the process she has already gone through,” Miedema says of her friend.
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