Arsenal star striker, Vivianne Miedema, has taken a significant step towards her comeback as she returns to training after recovering from a serious Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury.
The Dutch football sensation had been sidelined since December and missed representing the Netherlands in the Women’s World Cup.
As the Women’s Super League (WSL) season looms, Miedema is making her way back to the pitch, undergoing rigorous rehabilitation at the club’s London Colney training ground.
Miedema’s journey to recovery has spanned nine months, and her determination has been evident as she began running again on anti-gravity machines in May. Her return to team training at London Colney alongside fellow returnee Beth Mead signals a positive development in her quest to rejoin the matchday squad.
Renowned as one of the world’s finest players, Miedema boasts an impressive record, with 92 goals in 115 appearances for Arsenal. Her absence last season due to injury was a significant blow to the Gunners, as she had already netted four goals in five starts.
Arsenal’s Women’s Super League campaign is set to kick off on October 1, with a match against Liverpool. The return of Miedema provides a much-needed boost to the team’s attacking prowess as they aim to make a strong start to the season.
In other developments, Arsenal Women faced disappointment in their UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL) qualifier against Paris FC last Saturday. As a result, they will not participate in this year’s Champions League group stage. Instead, the Gunners will compete in the Conti Cup group stages during the winter season.
The draw for the Conti Cup group stages was conducted in early August, prior to Arsenal’s European fate being determined. The Football Association (FA) has now confirmed that Arsenal, last season’s competition winners, have been placed in Group D.
This group includes Reading, Spurs, Bristol City, and Southampton. The fixtures for these group-stage matches are yet to be finalized, but the competition will commence on November 8 or 9, with details to be announced in due course.
The group stage is scheduled to conclude at the end of January, leading up to the final, which will be held at a yet-to-be-determined venue in late March. Arsenal fans can look forward to an exciting season ahead as the team competes in domestic and continental competitions.