Arsenal Confirm Jordan Nobbs ACL Injury

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Arsenal today confirmed that star midfielder Jordan Nobbs has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. The Gunners captain collapsed in agony during yesterday’s 4-0 win over Everton at Southport. She appeared to get her studs caught in the turf and immediately yelled in pain, requiring oxygen before she was stretchered off.

Jordan has been in outstanding form this season, her goal against Everton prior to her injury took her to 8 goals in 6 games. With a World Cup on the horizon in France in June, her participation has to be cast in serious doubt, which would represent an immense blow to the player. Jordan had just been voted PFA Player of the Month for October.

A short statement on Arsenal.com read, “Following scans this morning, we can confirm that Jordan has suffered an ACL rupture in her left knee and she is now receiving specialist care. Everyone at the club wishes Jordan a speedy recovery and will give their full support in her journey back to full fitness.”

Female footballers are something like 4 times more likely to rupture their ACL than male players and Jordan joins teammate Danielle Carter on the sidelines, Dan having suffered the same injury back in May. Kim Little also tore her ACL in April last year.

Arsenal are also waiting on developments with Tabea Kemme and Jess Samuelsson, both of whom are on the sidelines after suffering setbacks in their recoveries from long term injuries.

Get well soon, Jordan.

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Pedant
Pedant

Such bad news, the BBC says she may miss the season and the World Cup.

Hope it isn’t that bad and she recovers well. Good luck.

Max

Ah darn 🙁

Max

All the very best to Jordan, this must be horrible for her. We can hope she’ll make the end of the season or the World Cup, but we probably know that it’s very unlikely… 🙁

The Old Git's Whistle Test
The Old Git's Whistle Test

All the best to you Jordan, I watched the match and saw you go down. I feared the worst but hoped for the best.

I truly hope you can get fully fit and be back for June because it’s no less than you deserve.

Bren.

gooner1981
gooner1981

Really horrible news, hope she can recover as soon as possible, and also that Arsenal Women keep their run going. Is this a biological difference? That female footballers are more likely to do their ACL? Learnt something new today

DB's first touch
DB's first touch

Sad news indeed. Best wishes to Jordan for a speedy recovery.

Fun Gunner
Fun Gunner

This is horrible. Poor Jordan. And what on earth are we going to do without her?
“Female footballers are something like 4 times more likely to rupture their ACL than male players” – I’ve often thought this – are there any theories as to why?

Tim Stillman
Tim Stillman

There are some working theories, the main one is the ‘child bearing hips’ theory, that women have wider pelvises, which gives them a wider running gait and makes an awkward landing more likely. There are smaller contributing factors too, like bad pitches and the fact that football boots are largely designed for men’s feet.

Hi-brid
Hi-brid

Pretty sure there are hormonal differences too, i.e. effects of oestrogen and relaxin on laxity of tendons and ligaments. Posted a link to an article before, but looks like it might have been moderated out. Apologies if it later appears twice.

Stillberto
Stillberto

Yes I’m certain that comes into it too.

Fun Gunner
Fun Gunner

I see, thanks Tim and Hi-brid.

I’m looking at the Women’s Football Show right now, can hardly bear to watch JN, knowing what has happened.

Bendtner’s Ego
Bendtner’s Ego

As I understand things, the injury happened near the end of the match. Is this correct?

If so, it’s more likely that fatigue was the major factor the injury. During a match, your quadriceps act as a shock absorber for forces that would torque a knee joint. Near the end of the match when those muscles are fatigued, they might not absorb all of the force and that, statistically, is where most of these injuries tend to occur, regardless of gender.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Terrible news…wishing her all the best!

John Lukic's gangly beanpole legs
John Lukic's gangly beanpole legs

Devastating news. A big loss. I’m so gutted for her. 🙁

Leah's Left Foot
Leah's Left Foot

Oh fuck!

Devlin
Devlin

These injuries are becoming a bit too much right now. 2 captains out at this point of the season will be a tough thing to cope with. I wonder if our formation will change to help us cope with losing such an integral player.