Detailed updates on current injuries in Liga Iberdrola - injury round-up from the women’s football league in Spain.
More injuries before this weekend's games have even started. Aminata Diallo of Atlético Madrid with a fractured lateral malleolus of the right ankle. 22nd January, 2021.
Another ACL injury in the women’s game in mid-week. Amaia Garcia tore her left anterior cruciate ligament playing for Athletic Club and now faces surgery. 20th January, 2021.
Manuela Lareo of Real Sociedad sustained a lateral ankle ligamentous sprain on Tuesday of this week in training and is currently undergoing treatment. She misses the game with Eibar this weekend. Return to play will be dependent on progress. 19th January, 2021.
Meanwhile, Amanda Sampedro’s injury sustained in Atlético Madrid's Supercopa de España final against Levante last week has been diagnosed as a myofascial injury to the biceps femoris muscle of the right hamstrings. 17th January, 2021.
Ana Hernández of Betis is due to have a knee arthroscopy next week on a meniscal injury. She'll be happy to get this over and done with. The club have also appointed Juan Carlos Amorós as the new head coach. 15th January, 2021.
Atlético Madrid made a coaching change hours before the Supercopa de España semi-final with Barça Fem when Daniel González was replaced by José Luis Sánchez Vera. Daniel remains at the club but José Luis will be the new head coach. 12th January, 2021
The start of the Spanish Iberdrola leagues to 2021 has been hit from two different directions in the last week. Deportivo Abanca were forced to isolate no fewer than FIFTEEN players after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID; leaving coach Manu Sánchez with only five available players. Dépor are due to face Rayo Vallecano in midweek but it’s looking as though the game will be off, although as we’ve seen this weekend nothing is ever certain when it comes to postponements.
There were also several games across the country cancelled due to the blizzard that hit Spain this week, including Espanyol v Sporting Huelva, Real Sociedad v Real Madrid, Sevilla v Rayo Vallecano, Madrid CFF v Barça and of course Atlético against Valencia. It’s not just the conditions underfoot that are the problem though. Icy pitches bring their own injury risks of course, but travelling any distance on snow-covered roads in blizzard conditions certainly isn’t recommended. Whatever else might be going on at the clubs, the safety of players and staff is paramount - not to mention the fans who make the journeys on a regular basis to support their teams week-in, week-out. 10th January, 2021
More ACL injuries in Liga Iberdrola. Viola Calligaris at Levante is out for the remainder of the season at least with a torn ACL in her left knee sustained in training this week. Team mate María de Alharilla also missed the game against Espanyol due to an adductor muscle strain. 19th December, 2020
After further investigation, Olga Garcia's knee injury has been confirmed as a right knee ACL tear with associated meniscal damage. Surgery and rehab lie ahead. Earlier reports suggested that Olga had dislocated her right patella in Logroñes' match against Deportivo de La Coruña on Sunday, but sadly this was not the case and the injury turned out to be worse than originally thought. 16th December, 2020. Everyone wishes her a speedy recovery.
Erika Vázquez of Athletic Bilbao’s injury from Sunday’s game against Sporting Huelva has been confirmed as a lateral collateral ligament sprain of the right knee. Erika sustained the injury in a collision with Huelva’s goalkeeper Chelsea Ashurst; and although she played on, the injury required investigation and she’ll now be out of action for a few games as a result. 15th December, 2020
Earlier reports suggested that Olga García of Logroñes dislocated her right patella today in the match against Deportivo de La Coruña. A nasty and painful injury but thankfully one that responds well to careful management. 13th December, 2020
Miriam Rivas of Osasuna, who tore her ACL at the end of October is now reported to be all set to undergo reconstructive knee surgery this coming week. She faces a long period of rehabilitation after the operation, but as usual the football world will be right behind her just as they are with all of these ACL injuries. 13th December, 2020
An ACL injury last week for Eva Llamas of Real Betis means an end to the present season and some hard work ahead. As with Miriam above, everyone will watching her recovery. 3rd December, 2020
Marta Perea is currently on the injured list at Athletic Bilbao with a rectus femoris muscle strain of the right thigh. The club are monitoring her progress at the moment with a view to making an early return. 21st November, 2020
So unlucky as well for Colombian international Natalia Gaitán, now playing at Sevilla. Natalia tore the ACL in her left knee in a recent match against Espanyol and now faces surgery plus the standard 6 – 8 months of rehabilitation. She’s been through it all before, though, having torn the ACL in her right knee in 2017 while at Valencia. 20th November, 2020
Anaïr Lomba sustained a nasty head injury on Saturday during Espanyol’s game against Eibar. She was knocked unconscious and taken from the pitch by ambulance to hospital where she was kept in for observation and neurological tests. Thankfully, Anaïr has now been discharged. 1st November, 2020
Alejandra Serrano of Valencia has injured the lateral collateral ligament of her right knee. She is receiving treatment on this and looking to get back into action as soon as possible. 30th October, 2020
Miriam Rivas at Osasuna has torn her ACL and is now awaiting surgery. The injury occured last Saturday in the game v Barça B. These injuries certainly feature highly in women's football. Miriam is the latest in a succession of ACL injuries in recent times. 27th October, 2020
It’s been an awful start to the new season for María Ortiz de Pinedo at Alaves. More often known as ‘Mery’, the captain of the Femenino side tore her ACL and meniscus against Osasuna last week. She now faces surgery and the long rehab that accompanies this.
After 11 months of rehab post-ACL surgery, former Valencia player Paula Nicart took the field for her new club Espanyol against Madrid CFF at the weekend.
Espanyol also reported injuries from the Madrid game to goalkeeper Vanina Correa, plus Laura Fernández, Cristina Baudet and Marianela Szymanowski, 12th October, 2020. Details to follow.
ACLs again. Charlyn Corral at Atlético Madrid with a cruciate tear in her left knee and on now to surgery. 5th October, 2020.
Madrid CFF's recent game v Tenerife Egatesa was marred by an injury to Geyse Ferreira. Awaiting exact details, 5th October, 2020
Contact injuries resulting in deep bony bruising were sustained at Valencia by Candela Andújar (right knee) and Shannon Woeller (left foot). Treatment will be ongoing and progress monitored.
Eleven months after tearing the ACL in her right knee, goalkeeper Emily Dolan has now returned to action again for Real Betis.
Bad news for Carmen Menayo at Atlético Madrid who has sustained an ACL injury in her right knee that requires the inevitable surgery and the long rehab that follows.
It's been a busy time at Atlético Madrid. Turid Knack also needed surgery on a fractured clavicle, and the club announced that Swedish international goalkeeper, Hedvig Lindahl, who sustained a right knee injury a few weeks ago, required an operation on a torn meniscus.
Former Valencia Femenino player Nuria Sánchez has now returned to the club as a rehab coach. Nuria graduated in rehabilitation and fitness and will be working with players from all teams across the Mestalla. She'll be involved not only with VCF Femenino but with the other Valencia sides as well, in her role as part of the overall Valencia medical and fitness team.
Also at Valencia, Alejandra Serrano fractured the fourth metacarpal bone in her right hand earlier this year and required surgery. The fixation has now been removed so all should be well from now on.
Jorge Villa's Spain's national team squad had an unexpected visit at training last week when Virginia Torrecilla of Atlético Madrid dropped in; she's now recovering well from recent surgery to remove a brain tumour.
Surgery awaits Marian Pueyo of Osasuna after tearing a cruciate ligament in her left knee. These injuries are bad enough whenever they occur but it’s always worse at this time of year. The lengthy rehab period that follows takes up most of the playing season.
Atlético Madrid have announced that Swedish international goalkeeper, Hedvig Lindahl, sustained a knee injury and that further investigations are ongoing. We'll have to wait and see what happens.
Almería, who have also returned to training, are putting a lot of work into the pre-season preparations with individual assessments being the order of the day at the moment. As the season progresses, players will benefit from the baselines set at this stage by fitness coach Andres Clemente, which can be referred back to for comparison at a later date.
After months of lengthy rehab post-ACL surgery following her injury last November and being released by Valencia in June, Paula Nicart has been given her medical discharge and has joined Espanyol.
Virginia Torrecilla of Atlético Madrid is now reported to be recovering well after undergoing a successful operation in May to remove a brain tumour. Virginia has now finished her proton therapy, having reached the maximum dose. Proton therapy is a radiation treatment commonly used in the treatment of cancer, and everyone wishes her well for the next stage of her recovery.
Elsewhere, Ane Azkona of Athletic Club Femenino is continuing her rehab in Bilbao following a ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), sustained in training on the 9th June, 2020. One of the most common injuries in women’s football, there’s hardly a club in the country that hasn’t had players out with ACL injuries at one time or another.
Good news this week for Athletic players Jone Ibáñez (patella dislocation leading to surgery) and Marta Perea (fibula fracture). Jone sustained a dislocated patella while Marta had a fibula fracture. Both were medically discharged recently and cleared to train fully in readiness for the season to come.
Of course, being given the medical discharge is often the easy part; it’s usually when players reach the stage of getting back to full match fitness when the real work begins!
There’s been a few injuries at Athletic Femenino, in fact. Nekane Díez was successfully operated on in May for an irritation of the plica in her left knee. A plica is a fold of the synovial membrane that lines the knee joint and irritation of this of causes painful impairment of knee function. It’s not something readily treated with rest, treatment or rehabilitation since it isn’t something that will generally just go away, so taking the surgical route is usually the best option. Ángel Villacampa will coach the Basque side for another season.
In the Canary Islands at Tenerife Egatesa, Pisco is now recovering well following surgery to the right shoulder. Teammate Ana González went under the knife for an operation to repair an injured scapholunate ligament, and Raissa Feudjio is continuing with ongoing ACL rehabilitation.
Also getting back to full fitness now is Andrea Paraluta at Levante, who had elbow surgery following a collateral ligament tear in March of this year.
On the coaching front, Raúl Casares will co-ordinate the AD Parla Femenino section of the club in the coming season, while Dani González has renewed for another season at Atlético Madrid Femenino.
Natalia Arroyo will be the new coach of Real Sociedad's Femenino side next season; filling the vacancy left by Gonzalo Arconada. Although Gonzalo Arconada will not be coaching the Real Sociedad women's team next season he will remain linked to the club in terms of player development.
Ana Paredes will continue as coach of Mérida Femenino in 2020 / 21 and Verónica Rodríguez will also continue to coach Huesca Femenino for another season.
Andrea Esteban has joined the coaching staff at Valencia, having retired from playing last year after a succession of serious knee injuries. Having been in that situation herself, Andrea will be able to make a significant contribution to the club when dealing with the inevitable injuries players will sustain throughout the season.
Still at Valencia, though, and on the same topic of player injuries, the club released a list in June of the players whose contracts were due to expire at the end of last season. Sadly, this included Paula Nicart who tore her ACL last November.
Can anyone tell me please if there is a system in place to allow players like Paula and other in similar situations to continue to have access to rehabilitation facilities if they have not returned to full fitness by the time their contracts have expired?
Paula’s teammate at Valencia, Mari Paz Vilas, has joined Real Betis for the coming season; where former player Ana Romero Moreno – aka Willy – herself a doctor who was active in the hospitals throughout the coronavirus pandemic, has retired from playing and steps up to become technical secretary at Betis Femenino.
More to follow soon...
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