Sam Kerr has injured her ACL, as confirmed by the team in the last couple hours.
“Sam Kerr has sustained an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury [and] will be assessed by a specialist in the coming days and then begin her rehabilitation with the club’s medical team.”
-source: Chelsea FC
Presumably the “assessment” will reveal that it’s torn and thus entail replacement via surgery, with the expected rehabilitation period then the standard 9-12 months — though players coming back after just six months has become not uncommon. (I suppose there’s a chance that it could be just “strained” or partially torn, but since ACLs cannot heal on their own, it would be very surprising if the outcome was anything other than surgery.)
So that’s not great, and goes to show that injuries can happen at anytime, anywhere. Chelsea are currently at a warm-weather training camp in Morocco as we await and prepare for the resumption of the WSL season after the winter break next weekend.
Kerr’s one shy of 100 career goals for Chelsea. In her absence, we’re going to need Mia Fishel to step up (just the 1 WSL goal so far), and we’ll probably see more opportunities for young Aggie Beever-Jones as well (who does have 5 already in limited minutes).
Get well soon, Sammy!