Beth Mead’s long-term knee damage might have been brought on by “participant loading” when it comes to fixture scheduling, in response to Arsenal supervisor Jonas Eidevall.
The England star injured her anterior cruciate ligament late on in Arsenal’s 3-2 defeat to Manchester United final weekend, leaving the ahead in a race towards time to be match for the World Cup in eight months time.
Mead is about to be out for an “prolonged interval” and can go to a surgeon within the coming days to find the complete extent of her damage.
And after Chelsea Ladies’s supervisor Emma Hayes criticised the fixture scheduling after dropping Pernille More durable to a long-term damage, Arsenal boss Eidevall has used the identical line of argument while evaluating Mead’s setback.
Talking forward of Arsenal’s Champions League match away at Juventus this midweek, Eidevall stated: “While you see the quantity of accidents, the schedule of video games, particularly for gamers taking part in tournaments, it does not assist the damage scenario.
“Participant loading and fatigue is clearly one thing that we consistently monitor and we’re involved about. If that may have been an element, that may have been apparent for us main as much as that recreation, then we would not have performed her. However then it nonetheless can occur so it is tough, after all.
“The staff and other people in and across the membership have been very supportive and I hope Beth can really feel that all of us look after her and do the most effective for her in a tricky time like this.”
Mead has performed 35 matches for membership and nation this calendar yr, however 18 of these video games have been for England as they went all the best way to profitable the European Championships in the summertime, alongside qualifying for subsequent yr’s World Cup and taking part in worldwide friendlies.
Why are there so many ACL accidents in soccer?
Information of Mead’s damage comes lower than every week after Sky Sports aired a feature on Inside the WSL that showed female footballers are up to six times more likely to suffer an ACL injury than their male counterparts.
West Ham’s Jessica Ziu, Aston Villa’s Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah and Tottenham duo Kyah Simon and Ellie Brazil are simply a few of the gamers to be dominated out this season alone.
The problem additionally got here to the fore through the summer season’s European Championships. Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas missed the tournament after rupturing her ACL just days before Spain’s opening game. Simone Magill additionally picked up the identical damage in Northern Eire’s opening recreation of the event towards Norway, simply days after signing for Aston Villa.
France striker Marie-Antoinette Katoto additionally limped off of their second group recreation towards Belgium, having additionally ruptured her ACL. She had been one of many favourites to win the Euro 2022 Golden Boot.
Hayes: ‘Outrageous’ gamers are put in such positions
Talking earlier than information broke of Mead’s damage, Chelsea supervisor Hayes stated participant welfare wanted taking a look at, including that it’s “time to begin placing gamers first”.
Erin Cuthbert has confronted a busy run with membership and nation, whereas Chelsea have confirmed midfielder More durable will likely be out for “a major interval” after present process surgical procedure for a hamstring damage suffered on worldwide responsibility with Denmark.
“I’ve made it clear that participant welfare wants taking a look at for the gamers,” Hayes stated. “I imply Erin Cuthbert went away with Scotland, performed on Saturday and so they performed her once more lower than 48 hours afterward a Monday. I feel it is outrageous that gamers are put in these positions.
“Sure, there needs to be a global calendar and sure I do know there are going to be modifications in order that they will maybe be with worldwide [teams] for longer intervals after which with their membership for longer intervals, as a result of it is actually the journey and the in between which trigger a whole lot of issues, I might say.
“For somebody like Pernille she all the time desires to do every little thing, and it isn’t the fault of anyone typically with these accidents. They arrive for a lot of totally different causes.
“However I definitely really feel gamers taking part in in World Cups, European Championships, being given two weeks’ relaxation in between seasons is unacceptable for them, overlook golf equipment gamers and international locations, we have to begin placing the gamers first.”