Alexia Putellas: Spanish midfielder and Women’s Ballon d’Or winner out of Euro 2022 after suffering ACL injury | Soccer News

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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Coverage will be anchored by Sky Sports WSL presenter Caroline Barker, alongside Jessica Creighton and Kyle Walker. Meanwhile, Karen Carney, Sue Smith, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Laura Bassett will provide analysis throughout the tournament.

They will also be joined by experienced England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley and Manchester City defender Esme Morgan.

Pundits and presenters will work from the Sky Sports Women’s Euro 2022 mobile presentation bus, which will follow the Sky Sports News team around the country to the various stadiums where the matches are taking place.

Additionally, Sky Sports’ essential football podcast will be rebranded for the Sky Sports Women’s Euros Podcast Tournament from June 21. Hosted by Charlotte Marsh and Anton Toloui, it will feature exclusive news and player interviews in addition to a solid tournament programme.

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