Arsenal Women’s Vivianne Miedema, who has only recently returned to action for club and country, after suffering a devastating ACL injury in December 2022, has been awarded the Women’s Super League Goal of the Month for January.
— Barclays Women’s Super League (@BarclaysWSL) February 8, 2024
Miedema suffered a horrible ACL injury in December 2022, only a few short weeks after her partner & teammate, Beth Mead, suffered the same fate. The pair missed a chance to play for their countries in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, and their injuries left them on the sidelines of WSL football for almost a year.
Vivianne Miedema’s first goal, since returning to the public arena, has been awarded WSL Goal of the Month. The goal and this award marks the much-anticipated return of Vivianne Miedema. Viv’s first goal came against Liverpool in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory in January.
Miedema is as ecstatic as every Gooner in the land, after getting that first goal back under her belt, telling SkySports:
“It’s been really tough. I’ve had a few setbacks in my recovery and before today I’ve just not felt myself.
“Something over Christmas shifted my mindset and I feel more myself again. I’m happy I’m playing and back at the point where I can help the team.
“I’m so happy this goal flew in today and I can move on. Coming back, some players don’t overthink it but I did. I was a bit scared coming back. I put a lot of pressure on myself because I wanted to be old me again – or even better than old me even.
“I’ve finally started enjoying training again and being back out there with the girls. I don’t think about my knees any more.”
Well done Miedema – and her form can only get better! Other WSL teams better watch out!
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