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Spain star Alexia Putellas set to undergo knee surgery

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Barcelona captain and two-time Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas will undergo knee surgery on Wednesday, the club announced Tuesday.

The Spain forward left national team training camp last month due to a knee injury, which has also left her sidelined from recent Barcelona matches. She hasn’t played since being sidelined at the half of the club’s Champions League win over Benfica on Nov. 14.

She’s missed the last seven matches for Barcelona.

“Barcelona women’s football star Alexia Putellas is undergoing this Wednesday 27 December an arthroscopy on her left knee,” the club said in its statement. “The club will be making an official medical announcement once the operation has concluded.”

According to The Athletic, both the club and staff were concerned with tests that concluded she didn’t have a serious injury. An additional opinion was sought over what is reportedly an ongoing issue, and next steps included surgery.

Putellas missed the 2022 European Championship with an ACL injury, but was part of the Spain team that won the World Cup earlier this year.

The 29-year-old, who has played in 408 games for Barcelona since arriving in 2012, is out of contract this summer. While a new contract has been offered to her at Barcelona, she’s also been linked to the NWSL, the league for which is where Barcelona coach Jonatan Giraldez is rumored to be leaving upon the conclusion of the season.

She’s won 25 trophies with Barcelona, including seven Liga F titles and two Champions League trophies.