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Vivianne Miedema becomes latest star to go down with knee injury

Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema left Thursday's Champions League match with a knee injury. (David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Vivianne Miedema became the latest top women’s soccer player to sustain a knee injury, as the star striker left Arsenal’s Champions League match Thursday on a stretcher.

The 26-year-old went to the turf after she landed awkwardly on her left leg in the first half of the 1-0 loss to Lyon. Before the injury, she had been on a tear, scoring four goals in four matches for the Gunners.

“I have no information at all yet,” Arsenal coach Jonas Eidevall said after the match. “It’s just the concern I have here now after the game, and that’s where a lot of my thoughts are at the moment to be honest.”

The club has not provided further details on the injury. Miedema is set to see a knee specialist for further evaluation.

Miedema had taken a break from the sport in November to rest and recuperate. The Dutch star had credited the step back from the sport with her rejuvenated play since her return.

Also since her return, she had been vocal about the need for rest, for herself and for all athletes.

Miedema contracted COVID-19 this summer, which kept her out of several matches at the Euros tournament. After she returned from COVID-19, she jumped straight into training for the Women’s Super League season.

“I just didn’t feel mentally and physically ready to actually play,” she said. “I think you could see that in the way that I was playing. I didn’t enjoy my football at that moment.”

She called out the packed soccer calendar as a possible contributing factor in player injuries in a column for Dutch newspaper AD in November.

Also in November, U.S. women’s national team fitness coach Dawn Scott raised the alarm over ACL injuries in women’s soccer in particular. Players who have injured their ACLs in 2022 include: USWNT’s Tierna Davidson, Catarina Macario and Christen Press; Germany’s Dzsenifer Marozsán; France’s Marie-Antoinette Katoto; Spain’s Alexia Putellas; Australia’s Ellie Carpenter; Brazil’s Marta; and Denmark’s Nadia Nadim.

Miedema’s Arsenal teammate and girlfriend, Beth Mead, joined that list when she ruptured her ACL in November. She likely will miss the 2023 World Cup as a result.