Arsenal has confirmed a second ACL injury to forward, Danielle Carter, ahead of the start of their Barclay's Women's Super League campaign on 8 September.
Carter ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in her knee during her side's friendly Emirates Cup clash against Bayern Munich in July.
The 26-year-old was sidelined for the majority of Arsenal's title-winning 2018/19 WSL season after sustaining the same injury in May 2018 and was out for a total of 267 days.
The same injury meant she was also omitted from the squad selection for the Lionesses side that headed to the World Cup in France this summer.
During the pre-season clash against the runners-up of the women's Bundesliga Carter was visibly concerned after her knee gave way once again during a tackle. Forced to be stretchered off and provided oxygen, it was immediately clear the injury was severe, and Arsenal's statement confirmed the worst.
"We're disappointed to confirm that Danielle Carter has suffered another rupture to her anterior cruciate ligament in her knee.
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"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," the club said.
The number 9 took to Twitter to express her disappointment and said "A million and one things have been running through my mind since that day. Still, I can't put into words how I feel".
Arsenal Women start their WSL campaign at home at Meadow Park on 8 September against new-comers to the league, West Ham.News Now - Sport News