Alexia Putellas, the current Ballon d’Or winner for Spain and Barcelona, will be out for nearly a year after undergoing ligament surgery.
“According to the club’s medical services… Alexia Putellas was successfully operated on Tuesday morning at the Hospital de Barcelona for an anterior cruciate ligament rupture,” Barcelona reported.
Spain reported last week that Putellas had damaged her knee during a training session in preparation for the Women’s Euros, a tournament in which they were considered favourites.
Spain will hope Putellas is fit in time for the women’s World Cup, which begins in July next year in Australia and New Zealand.
Spain had already gone into the European Championships without their all-time top scorer Jennifer Hermoso. They beat Finland 4-1 in their opening match and play Germany on Tuesday evening.
The injury is also a major blow for Barcelona as Putellas, who in addition to her Ballon d’Or title was also named FIFA Best Women’s Player earlier this year, was the top scorer in the Champions League with 11 goals. She also finished with 18 strikes in the Primiera Liga last season.
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