England and Barcelona right-back Lucy Bronze has undergone arthroscopy on her right knee, following an injury sustained during her club’s first-leg UWCL tie against Chelsea. Bronze was seen hobbling down the tunnel, though spirits were lifted as she appeared on the pitch after full-time.
However, today’s statement indicates that the defender has had keyhole surgery. The club went on to add that the speed of her recovery would define her availability over the coming weeks and months.
It’s a huge blow for Barcelona, who welcome Chelsea to the Spotify Camp Nou on Thursday. The Blaugrana have a slender advantage, having won the first leg thanks to a stunning goal from Caroline Graham Hansen.
However, it’s an even bigger issue for Sarina Wiegman’s England side. With this summer’s World Cup rapidly approaching, the Lionesses have already confirmed that they’ll be without Leah Williamson and Beth Mead – both players have sustained ACL injuries. Adding Lucy Bronze to that list could be catastrophic, and Wiegman – like the rest of the nation – will be hoping that she recovers in time.