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Miedema claims Netherlands start ‘couldn’t worsen the damage’ to her knee

Vivianne Miedema mentioned that her recent start for the Netherlands “couldn’t worsen the damage” after learning that she requires knee surgery.

Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall confirmed on Friday that Miedema needs ‘minor knee surgery’ shortly after she featured for the Netherlands against Spain.

When asked about her playing time during the international break, Jonas Eidevall added: “She doesn’t need a surgery because of those 45 minutes she played against Spain. She would have needed the surgery anyway. It was nothing that the Dutch team did that complicated this here or made the situation worse. It was a situation that needed to be fixed anyway.”

Miedema has now spoken herself about the situation, which comes just four months after her return from an ACL rupture.

It’s the same knee again,” she wrote in her column for AD. “I already knew this surgery was coming. We decided to join the Netherlands camp anyway to see if I could still contribute. In consultation with all the medical specialists, of course. I couldn’t make the damage any worse. So what remains is another rehabilitation in which I’ll listen to my body very carefully.

“I was just on the way back and felt myself getting stronger mentally and physically,” she added. “Soon, I’ll have to go back to the gym. It’s hard and frustrating. When will this stop for me? But following my previous injury, I’m used to this now.”

Miedema’s absence for ‘several weeks’ comes as a significant setback for Arsenal, who are still contenders for the Women’s Super League title and are in the semi-finals of the Continental Cup. The Gunners are already dealing with the absence of three players participating in the CONCACAF W Gold Cup, and Eidevall disclosed on Friday that Amanda Ilestedt will also miss Sunday’s match against rivals Tottenham.

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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