England and Manchester United defender Gabby George will undergo surgery after suffering the second anterior cruciate ligament injury of her career, the Women’s Super League side’s manager Marc Skinner said on Tuesday.
United lost George in the first 10 minutes of its 1-1 draw with Leicester City on Sunday, with the defender immediately waving for help when she fell.
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“It’s an ACL. There are different levels of ACLs. She goes in today for an operation,” Skinner told MUTV.
“I would always put 12 months (out of action) on this sort of injury. She could come back sooner, but I would rather work back. That’s the sensible way to prepare, working backwards.
“We will support her and give her the best treatment and we will make sure that she comes back from that stronger and even better than she was before.”
George joins United team mate Emma Watson on the sidelines after the midfielder also suffered a similar injury while on international duty with Scotland last month.
“It’s just so horrible for (George),” England coach Sarina Wiegman told reporters at St. George’s Park on Tuesday. “She had an ACL before. Before the summer she had an injury. She came back very strong, made the move to Manchester United, played games, played in the Champions League too.
“I just feel very, very sorry for her, just very horrible.”
The number of ACL injuries was a main storyline in the build-up to the Women’s World Cup, with numerous high profile players missing the global showpiece.
United next faces Paris St Germain in a Champions League tie on Wednesday, before travelling to take on Everton in the WSL.
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