Vivianne Miedema, who played a crucial role in the Netherlands’ journey to the final of the Women’s World Cup in 2019, will be unavailable to participate in this year’s tournament
Vivianne Miedema claims she does not expect to play for the Netherlands in the Women’s World Cup this year due to her injury.
She sustained an ACL injury during Arsenal’s Champions League group-stage game against Lyon in December and had to undergo surgery.
Arsenal star Miedema frustrated about her injury
Vivianne Miedema, who holds the record for the most goals scored for the Netherlands with 95 goals in 115 appearances, sustained a ruptured ACL injury during Arsenal’s Champions League group-stage match against Lyon in December.
Miedema’s teammate and forward for England, Beth Mead, suffered the same injury a month before Miedema. Mead is unlikely to recover in time for the Women’s World Cup, and Miedema has stated that she has “no hopes” of featuring in the tournament as well.
Asked if she had any hope of featuring in Australia and New Zealand by the BBC, Miedema said: “No hopes. I’m going to miss the World Cup, which is hard.
“But I hope to be back ready for the start of next season. I need to be realistic. Recovery is going really well. It’s slow but little steps.
“[Mead is] obviously a bit in front of me, but I think you heard what Sarina said last week; there needs to be a bit of a miracle for her to be fit for the World Cup.
“It’s frustrating for me because I’m a month behind, so I see her doing a lot of things and I’m not there yet.”