Midfielder suffers torn ACL
Town Women captain Blue Wilson is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a serious setback in her recovery from a knee injury.
The 19-year-old midfielder initially suffered a knee injury after scoring a spectacular winner against Crawley Wasps back in August. Despite being stretchered from the field and taken to hospital, initial tests revealed the injury wasn't as serious as first feared.
Blue subsequently underwent a six-week period of rehabilitation before returning to training last month. However, she suffered a significant setback during a training match and had to undergo further testing to determine the extent of the injury.
Having seen a knee specialist, it has been confirmed that Wilson has suffered a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in addition to tearing both menisci in her knee. The Tractor Girls' skipper will now undergo surgery to repair the damage in her knee and will be sidelined indefinitely as she recovers.
The news comes as a huge blow to Wilson, who signed her first professional contract at the Club this summer in addition to being named Club captain and leading the Tractor Girls to a strong start to the season.
Blue said: "Having spent a few weeks out with a knee injury I sustained in the game against Crawley, sadly it has led to me rupturing my ACL.
"A diagnosis, although very common in the women’s game, you dread to think it will ever happen to you. The rehabilitation journey has begun, with my surgery date quickly approaching. By working alongside the medical support team at Ipswich and others around me, I am confident the following months to come will be difficult, but eventually rewarding.
"Given the extent of the injury, I think it is obvious how gutted I am. It’s a huge season for the Club but also for me personally, so this has come at a challenging time - but you can’t plan these things. I have full belief in the team to continue our great start to the season - entertaining and inspiring as many people as we can.
"Thank you for your loyal support as ever."
Everyone at Ipswich Town Football Club wishes Blue a speedy recovery.