Spanish midfielder and Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas will miss the European Women’s Championship after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament in training, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced on Tuesday.
Putellas, who was also named FIFA’s Best Women’s Player earlier this year, was at the heart of Barcelona’s women’s team that won the Spanish league and finished second in the Champions League.
She was the Champions League top scorer with 11 goals while she also finished with 18 league goals.
The RFEF said: “Tests carried out on the Spain international on the afternoon of this Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at the King Edward VII Hospital in London, confirmed that the captain of the Spanish women’s national team suffers from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.”
Putellas was the Champions League top scorer with 11 goals while she also finished with 18 league goals.
“Alexia Putellas sprained her left knee during training for the Spanish women’s national team,” the RFEF said in a statement, before an MRI determined the extent of the injury.
Spain, one of the favorites to win the Euros, begins its group stage against Finland on Friday in Milton Keynes.
Spanish media reported that Real Sociedad striker Amaiur Sarriegi will replace Putellas in Spain’s Euro squad.
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