March 29, 2023 10:12 pm

March 18 (Reuters) – Canada and Portland Thorns forward Janine Beckie will miss this year’s Women’s Planet Cup following she confirmed on Friday that she has torn the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her appropriate knee.

In a statement on their site, reigning National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) champions Thorns stated Beckie will miss the remainder of the 2023 season and added that she will “have surgery in the coming weeks to repair the injury.”

The 28-year-old, who was portion of the Olympic gold medal-winning group at the Tokyo Games in 2021, has scored 36 ambitions in 101 appearances for Canada.

“Heartbroken is an understatement,” Beckie, who has also played for Manchester City and Houston Dash, stated in a post on Instagram.

“Obtaining worked so difficult in the course of off-season for what was set to be one particular of the largest seasons of my profession, defending the title for Thorns and of course playing in the Planet Cup for Canada, getting out for an extended period of time is a tricky pill to swallow.

“I will be supporting my group mates for each club and nation this season and it goes without having saying I will be back far better and stronger than ever!”

Beckie’s injury will be a huge blow for Canada, who are hunting to win their maiden Planet Cup at this year’s showpiece occasion, which is getting co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia from July 20 to Aug. 20.

They commence their campaign in Group B against Nigeria on July 21 prior to facing Ireland and hosts Australia.

Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru Editing by William Mallard

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