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UEFA Women's Champions League

Chelsea and USWNT forward Mia Fishel sidelined with ACL injury amid international duty

Unnati Naidu
Chelsea and USWNT forward Mia Fishel sidelined with ACL injury amid international dutyDave Shopland/IMAGO
Chelsea faces setback as Mia Fishel joins Sam Kerr on the sidelines due to ACL injury
In a turn of events that casts a shadow over Chelsea's ambitious season, the team faces adversity with Mia Fishel, the American forward, sidelined due to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. This injury was sustained during her time with the US Women's National Team, and marks the second devastating blow to Chelsea's striking force within a month, closely following the season-ending injury of Australian star Sam Kerr.

In light of Kerr's absence, Chelsea had earlier bolstered their attacking options by signing Colombian international Mayra Ramirez from Levante UD during the winter break. However, Fishel's injury will now further test Chelsea's depth and resilience as they navigate through this challenging period.

Fishel's injury occurred amidst preparations with the national team for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, presenting a personal setback for the player and a strategic dilemma for Chelsea. The timing could not be more critical, as Chelsea, under the stewardship of Emma Hayes, eyes a quadruple trophy haul, a feat that would gloriously cap off Hayes' tenure.

This news is particularly disheartening for Hayes and Chelsea, especially following a narrow 1-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Barclays Women's Super League (WSL). This loss has intensified the title race, with Chelsea and Manchester City now neck and neck in the standings.

As Chelsea prepares for their critical UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-final clash against Ajax, the double injury blow substantially challenges the team's offensive strategies.

Chelsea has expressed support for Fishel's recovery, stating, "A specialist will assess Mia and will commence her rehabilitation with our medical team at Cobham. We extend our heartfelt wishes to Mia for a speedy and complete recovery."

Fishel's absence will be felt both at Chelsea, underscoring the importance of depth and resilience in the squad as they face challenges ahead.

In response to Fishel's absence, the US Women's National Team has called up San Diego Wave's Alex Morgan. A statement from the national team highlighted the timing of the injury, "Fishel tore the ACL in her right knee during training on Feb. 19." 

This injury not only rules Fishel out of the ongoing club season, but also the upcoming summer Olympics in Paris, where the US team is considered a strong contender.

Looking ahead, Hayes is set to take over as the US team's coach in May, with high hopes for the team's success. Interim head coach Twila Kilgore expressed her disappointment, "I'm gutted for Mia, and so is the team and staff. We're confident she'll return stronger and compete for a spot in the next World Cup."

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