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Lucy Bronze knee surgery adds to England’s World Cup injuries

Lucy Bronze had knee surgery and is set to be out "a couple of weeks." (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images)

England defender Lucy Bronze is set to be out “a couple of weeks” after undergoing knee surgery.

The fullback went down in the 65th minute of the first leg of Barcelona’s Champions League semifinal on Saturday. She clutched at her knee before hopping off the field, though she later returned to shake hands with Chelsea’s players after Barcelona’s 1-0 win.

In his post-match comments, Barcelona manager Jonatan Giraldez said Bronze was “feeling much better.”

“Initially Lucy was a bit worried about her injury. She felt her pain in her knee, but now she’s feeling much better about it,” Giraldez said, per SkySports. “She felt pain in the knee but I think she’s fine right now. I was talking to her immediately after the game. It was scary at first but right now I think she’s fine.”

On Wednesday, Giraldez gave an update on Bronze, who has a long history of knee injuries and subsequent surgeries.

“She has lots of experience, the feelings are good with her knee,” he said. “She has a strain, an ailment. It’s a tiny intervention, just a couple of weeks. Lucy has been important for us. We have plenty of players here and I know we have players that can step in.”

In a Twitter post, Bronze called the surgery “successful.”

“In very good spirits after my knee op yesterday,” she wrote. “Thankful for all the kind messages, I couldn’t ask for better support. Currently working hard towards a speedy recovery to get back on the pitch with my team.”

The surgery is reason for concern for England fans as player injuries pile up. Captain Leah Williamson will miss the World Cup after suffering an ACL tear last week. Forward Beth Mead could also miss the tournament while recovering from her own ACL tear, and midfielder Kim Little is currently out with a hamstring injury.

England had its 30-match unbeaten streak snapped in a friendly against Australia earlier this month. Still, the reigning Euro champions remain among the favorites to win this summer’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.