Arsenal have announced that Beth Mead will be sidelined for ‘an extended period’ with an ACL injury she suffered on Saturday.
The 27-year-old’s participation at the Women’s World Cup with England next summer could now be in jeopardy as a result, with the timescale of her absence not yet known.
Mead was substituted late on in the Gunners’ 3-2 defeat against Manchester United in the Women’s Super League at the weekend.
She appeared to be tearful as she made her way off the pitch, with Arsenal now confirming the severity of her injury and a lengthy spell out of action.
In a statement, the club said: “We can confirm that Beth Mead suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in our match against Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
“Unfortunately, this means that Beth is set for an extended period on the sidelines. She will see a surgeon in the coming days, after which further details on timescales will be established.
“Everyone at the club will now be supporting Beth and working hard to get her back on the pitch as soon as possible.”
Mead has amassed ten goal contributions in nine appearances across the Super League and Champions League this season.
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However, it remains to be seen if she will feature for Arsenal again this campaign.
England are set to compete in the ninth edition of the Women’s World Cup next summer, which will take place in Australia and New Zealand.
The Lionesses will head into the tournament off the back of their Euros success earlier in the year, with Mead being a part of the squad who delivered success at Wembley against Germany.
She has already received a message of support from the England team, with their official Twitter account saying: “We know you’ll come from this back even stronger.”
Arsenal will now have to cope without one of their star players for potentially the rest of the season as they chase their first league title since 2019.