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Manchester City’s most expensive signing Jill Roord suffers ACL rupture

The article discusses the unfortunate injury suffered by Manchester City midfielder Jill Roord. The 26-year-old, who became the club’s record signing last year, has suffered a rupture to her anterior cruciate ligament and looks set to miss the remainder of the season. This adds to the growing list of high-profile female footballers who have suffered serious knee injuries, indicating a potential trend in the women’s professional game. The increased workload, travel, and insufficient rest have been cited as contributing factors to the rise in injuries among women players, according to a report by global football players union FIFPRO. City have not disclosed a return date for the Netherlands international, and she will remain under the care of the club’s medical team for rehabilitation. This unfortunate injury serves as a reminder of the physical demands and risks faced by professional female footballers.
Manchester City midfielder Jill Roord has sustained a rupture to her anterior cruciate ligament, confirmed by the Women’s Super League (WSL) club on Saturday. The 26-year-old, who joined City from Wolfsburg in July 2023 in a £300,000 ($381,269) deal to become the club’s record signing, suffered the injury during the team’s Continental Tyres League Cup trophy win over Manchester United on Wednesday. Roord has scored two goals and contributed two assists for City this season but now looks set to miss the remainder of the campaign. “Jill will remain under the care of City’s medical team and will begin her rehabilitation,” the WSL club said in a statement. “Everyone at City wishes her a full and speedy recovery.”

Roord is the latest high-profile female footballer to suffer a serious knee injury, following the likes of England captain Leah Williamson and Chelsea forward Sam Kerr who suffered an ACL injury while on a warm-weather training camp in Morocco on Jan. 7. Increased workload, travel and insufficient rest have contributed to an increase in injuries, including ACL tears, among women’s professional players, according to a report by global football players union FIFPRO. City have not disclosed a date for when they can expect the Netherlands international to be able to return to the team.