Thorns, Canada star Beckie (knee) to overlook WWC


Portland Thorns and Canada ladies’s nationwide workforce ahead Janine Beckie will miss the upcoming NWSL season and the 2023 Ladies’s World Cup after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her proper knee, her membership introduced Friday.

Beckie suffered the harm on Wednesday throughout a preseason pleasant for the Thorns towards the U.S. U-23 ladies’s youth nationwide workforce. The 28-year-old will bear surgical procedure within the coming weeks, the Thorns mentioned.

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“Heartbroken is an understatement,” Beckie mentioned in a press release on social media. “Sadly yesterday doctors confirmed that during Wednesday night’s game I tore my ACL.

“Having labored so onerous throughout low season for what was set to be one of many largest seasons of my profession, defending the title for Portland Thorns and naturally taking part in within the World Cup for Canada, being out for an prolonged time frame if a troublesome capsule to swallow.

“I’ll be supporting my team-mates for both club and country this season and it goes without saying I’ll be back better and stronger than ever.”

The previous Manchester Metropolis participant was a part of the Canada workforce that gained Olympic gold in Tokyo in 2021 and has scored 36 objectives in 101 appearances at worldwide stage.

Beckie was additionally on the forefront of the workforce’s latest protest over pay fairness and finances cuts earlier than it was introduced earlier this month that the gamers had reached an interim funding settlement with Canada Soccer.

She was set to be a key participant on this summer season’s World Cup, which is able to happen in Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to August 20.

The Thorns will start the protection of the NWSL Championship it gained final yr at dwelling to the Orlando Pleasure on March 26.

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