Arsenal today confirmed that Arsenal Women forward Danielle Carter has ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament again. Carter previously ruptured her ACL last May, returning to action again in March this year.
With Beth Mead and Vivianne Miedema unavailable, Carter started the Emirates Cup clash against Bayern Munich Frauen last month. She collapsed in agony during the second half as her knee buckled beneath her on the turf.
She was immediately stretchered off and required oxygen. She left the stadium on crutches and in a knee brace on Sunday. This was her first start since her last ACL rupture. This injury is, unfortunately, to the same knee.
— Danielle Carter (@DanielleCarter) July 29, 2019
Scans taken since have unfortunately confirmed the worst. Carter will likely miss the entirety of the 2019-20 season having missed the majority of the last season, which is desperately unfortunate for her and for Arsenal.
But she need only look to US forward Megan Rapinoe for inspiration, who has also ruptured her ACL twice and still managed to win two World Cups and an Olympic gold. Let’s hope there is a similar light at the end of this dark tunnel for Dan.
An Arsenal statement read: “We’re disappointed to confirm that Danielle Carter has suffered another rupture to her anterior cruciate ligament in her knee.
“The injury occurred during our Emirates Cup clash against Bayern Munich last month – and Danielle has since been working hard to prepare for surgery.
“The operation will take place in the next few weeks, after which she will begin her rehabilitation programme immediately.
“Everyone at the club will be supporting Danielle fully on her journey back to fitness, and we are all wishing her a speedy recovery.”
Good luck, Danielle.