Manchester City striker Chloe Kelly has suffered an ACL injury that will keep her from playing for a long time and cost her a place in the UK Olympic team this summer.
Kelly was stretched with her right foot in a brace during City’s 4-0 WSL victory over Birmingham over the weekend, and further tests have now revealed the extent of the damage.
The 23-year-old has already scored twice in the game and is a blow to end what was an excellent first season for her in Manchester after passing through Everton last summer.
Kelly’s impact on a city squad filled with world-class stars is enormous. Together, she leads the WSL in assists this season, as well as scoring ten goals of her own, averaging either a goal or assisting in each game. As a result, she is among the nominees for the WSL Player of the Season.
“Silent and gutted, but grateful for all the support during my first season at this fantastic club,” Kelly tweeted after the news was announced.
“I know this will not be easy, but I am ready for the challenge that lies ahead. I have the best people around to support me every step of the way. I promise you I will come back stronger. ”
ACL recovery can usually range from six months to a year, which means that Kelly also misses a significant portion of the next season as she goes through the rehab process.
Given her inner form and the regularity with which she was recently called up by England, Kelly had a good chance of being included in interim coach Hege Riise for 18 players for the delayed Olympic tournament in Japan in July.
Depending on the schedule of her recovery and her fitness, when she will be able to play again next season, the longer-term problem will be any potential risk of playing Euro 2022 at home.
Kelly debuted in England at the end of 2018 and has seven senior hats so far. She also helped the junior lionesses finish third in the FIFA U20 World Cup in 2018.
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