Barcelona midfielder Alexia Putellas will miss the 2022-23 season and faces a race against time to be fit for next summer’s World Cup after undergoing knee surgery on Tuesday.
Putellas, 28, tore his anterior cruciate ligament while preparing for the European Championships with Spain last week and returned to Barcelona for surgery on Monday.
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“Barca are pleased to announce that the surgery at Barcelona hospital was a success,” the Catalan club said in a brief statement. “Putellas will be out of action between 10 and 12 months.”
Ballon d’Or winner Putellas, who was also recently named ESPN’s best player in women’s football, has never spent long periods on the touchline before.
But she will now miss the entire upcoming season with Barca and possibly the World Cup with Spain in Australia and New Zealand. The World Cup begins next summer on July 20th and runs through the end of August.
Putellas picked up the injury while training with Spain last week ahead of their opening Euro 2022 game against Finland. No teammates were involved in the incident.
She stayed in England for La Roja‘s 4-1 win over Finland on Friday but returned to Barcelona earlier this week to start their recovery programme.
The news is also a major setback for Barcelona as they plan the new season. Putellas has been a key figure in their rise to the top of the game in recent years, helping them win a first-ever Champions League title last year and a domestic treble last season.
She was also the top scorer in the Champions League last year, scoring 11 goals including once in the final when Barca were beaten 3-1 by Lyon.
The Spanish women, meanwhile, must continue their quest for a first major international title without the best player in the world. They meet Germany in their second group game on Tuesday and then Denmark at the weekend.
https://www.espn.com/soccer/uefa-womens-european-championship/story/4699081/barcelona-alexia-putellas-faces-10-12-months-on-sidelines-after-knee-surgery Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas faces 10-12 months on sidelines after knee surgery