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Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas to undergo surgical examination on her knee following recovery from ACL injury

Barcelona star Alexia Putellas has undergone a surgical examination on her troublesome left knee following her recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas suffered a significant impact during a Champions League match against Benfica on November 14, leading her to leave the field at halftime after scoring two goals in a 5-0 victory. Initial tests that night did not show any injury, attributing the discomfort to the severe impact on the knee.

However, persistent discomfort led Putellas to seek specialized medical advice. Despite multiple tests and MRIs, the cause of the issue remained unidentified, prompting the club medical staff to opt for an arthroscopy, a minimally invasive surgical procedure on a joint.

Barcelona put out a statement which read: “First-team FC Barcelona Women player Alexia Putellas has had an arthroscopy to examine her left knee. Doctor Joan Carles Monllau performed the procedure at Hospital de Barcelona, with supervision by the Club’s Medical Services. She is unavailable for selection and her recovery will determine her return.”

Dr. Joan Carles Monllau, a distinguished traumatologist in Barcelona, performed the arthroscopy to internally examine the knee. The usual recovery time for such a procedure ranges from two to three months.

Notably, Lucy Bronze, an England international, underwent a comparable surgery and returned to action in less than six weeks, offering optimism for Putellas regarding a potentially faster recovery.

Putellas suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in 2022, causing her to miss the European Championship. Despite this setback, she successfully regained peak fitness ahead of the FIFA World Cup in June 2023 and played a pivotal role in Spain’s historic triumph, securing their first global title.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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