Daily Digest: Manchester City, England star Chloe Kelly confirms ACL injury
In today’s news: Manchester City’s Chloe Kelly suffers an ACL injury, Elise Mertens reaches the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open and Breanna Stewart offers compatriot Marta Xargay.
Chloe Kelly has confirmed she suffered an ACL injury
Manchester City fans saw their worst fears confirmed after striker Chloe Kelly was sent off the pitch in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Birmingham City.
The extent of Kelly’s injury has now been revealed – she tore her anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee. She has been ruled out for the remainder of the season and will most likely fail to compete for the GB team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“Speechless and gutted but grateful for all the support during my first season at this fantastic club,” Kelly said on Twitter. “I know it won’t be easy but I’m ready for the challenge ahead. I have the best people around me to support me every step of the way… I promise I will come back stronger.
Kelly, 23, joined Manchester City from Everton last year. Since then, she has been a star player on her new team, registering 10 goals and 11 assists in the Women’s Super League this season.
Elise Mertens reaches the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open
Elise Mertens beat Simona Halep, two-time Madrid Open champion, to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament.
The Belgian star came back from a set to beat Romanian Halep 4-6, 7-5, 7-5. Her opponent in the round of 16 tomorrow will be Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, who beat American Jessica Pegula 6-1, 6-2.
Social media boycott ends
Social media accounts for the WSL and Women’s Championship clubs returned online today after a four-day boycott of platforms including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Organizations such as Women in Football and players like Manchester City’s Steph Houghton also took part in the boycott, organized to protest abuse and discrimination on social media.
The teams shared the action they will take now that the boycott is over. In a statement shared by the Arsenal Women’s Twitter account, the North London club pledged to ban any member who uses social media to discriminate against players.
“After speaking to our staff and players, while we all agree that this moment does not eliminate the problem, it has given us time to think about the actions we all need to continue to take.” , indicates the press release.
“We are in the process of imposing a stadium ban on an Arsenal member who has been identified as using social media to incite violence against an Arsenal player and target an opposing player with discriminatory language.”
Katie McCabe signs new contract
In more positive news for Arsenal, defender Katie McCabe has signed a new long-term contract with the Gunners. The 25-year-old, who normally plays as a left-back, has made 113 appearances since joining the club from Shelbourne in 2015.
She is considered by many fans to be Arsenal’s Player of the Season, registering 11 assists and scoring four goals.
“I am absolutely delighted,” McCabe told Arsenal.com. “I love this club and I feel like we are in a really good position and are ready to continue. I am delighted that this is done and now I am ready to go and help this club win more trophies.
Breanna Stewart proposes to her compatriot Marta Xargay
Two-time WNBA champion Breanna Stewart has announced that she is now engaged to girlfriend Mara Xargay. The Seattle Storm star proposed to the Phoenix Mercury’s Xargay in Papago Park in Arizona this weekend.
“I did one thing. Another ring. She said YES, “Stewart posted on Instagram, while Xargay wrote,” Life isn’t just the moments, it’s who we share them with! “
Stewart, an Olympic gold medalist with the United States, was the WNBA’s MVP in 2018. Spain’s Xargay lost to Stewart to finish with a silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics.