The United States Women’s National Team has been dealt a blow with the confirmation of a serious injury and the expected long-term absence of one of its stars.
USWNT’s Catarina Macario suffers a torn ACL
According to her comments on Sunday, USWNT and Lyon star Catarina Macario isn’t ready for a long road to recovery after tearing her ACL. The 22-year-old Brazilian player must be feeling upset after winning the Women’s Champions League with the French club. Macario was injured in the 13th minute of Lyon’s final game of the season against Issy, which turned out to be a 4-0 win. In a publication Taking to social media, the talented midfielder explained that it comes with the territory and while it really is a low, the highs of the season have been unforgettable.
“Unfortunately, injuries are a natural part of football. Tearing an ACL is never easy, and while I’m devastated to be away from the pitch and my teammates for a few months, I couldn’t be more proud of my first year as a professional footballer and helping the team win back two big titles this season,” she wrote. “As difficult as the recovery process may be, I believe God is in control, so I have no doubt that with the right support system, patience and hard work, I will be back better and hungrier than I am. never.”
How will Lyon manage without their star?
There’s probably no better word to describe Macario than “star.” Lyon’s top scorer this season with 23 goals in 35 matches, Macario was simply indispensable. Needless to say, with a long road to expected recovery, the loss of a player who played an important role in their Champions League-winning campaign, will be a significant loss for Lyon who also completed the double there. a few weeks before heading to that fateful final game of the season.
While it is true that the season is over and will resume in August, injuries such as the one suffered by Macario normally require a minimum of six months before on-field activity can resume. That means the 2022-23 season will be more than halfway through by the time she returns to her squad. With his contract supposed to end in June next year, there are already questions about how his future will be handled.
What about qualifying for the World Cup with the USWNT?
While there’s never a good time to suffer an injury, it’s safe to say there couldn’t be worse. With two friendlies later this month against Colombia and then the Concacaf Women’s Championship determining which teams go to the 2023 World Cup, the timing of the young star’s torn ACL is a long way off, to say the least. to be ideal. Indeed, it now seems almost certain that she will not be available for the USWNT qualifying campaign.
It is of course a sad end to the campaign of a promising player who has become a staple of USWNT camps, tournaments and international friendlies. Despite only playing seven minutes in the USWNT bronze medal game at the Tokyo Olympics, Macario has since been a regular starter for the chief caoch. Vlatko Andonovsky. Indeed, Macario has been a starter in all five USWNT games this year, scoring five goals and registering one assist. Worse still is the fact that there was a real synergy developing between her and people like Rose Lavalle, Sophie Smith and Mallory Poug. That said, the team can only look to plan a qualifying campaign without their young star.