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Beth Mead working toward World Cup with ACL recovery ‘ahead of schedule’

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Beth Mead is making strides in her ACL recovery.

The 28-year-old striker is a bit ahead of schedule when it comes to recovering from the injury she suffered last November, she told Sky Sports after her MBE ceremony Tuesday at Windsor Castle.

Mead is back on the pitch kicking a ball again just five months from tearing her ACL, she said.

“The injury’s okay, I’m a good five months in now. I am back on the pitch and kicking a ball again, feeling good, ahead of schedule,” she said. “That’s all I can do that’s in my control right now.

“I wouldn’t say I’m confident [about going to the World Cup] because that’s out of my control, but I’m working hard to get as close to it as possible — but at the end of the day, it’s probably going to be Sarina’s decision.”

In March, England coach Sarina Wiegman said it would be a “miracle” if Mead were healthy in time to travel to the tournament. She echoed those sentiments in April, noting that while Mead was “doing well” in her rehab, “the World Cup is actually too early.”

“So what we said is she’s not in our plans now, just really take the time to get back well,” Wiegman said. “But if a miracle happens and she goes so fast, then we will reconsider it – but at this moment, I don’t expect that.”