Aoife Mannion | ACL injury

ACL injury - March 2022

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So now we know why she's been missing this last few games - unfortunately it's an ACL injury. She has had the surgery, which she says went well, but it's going to be a while before we see her again. What a shame.

 

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With her out for most likely a large chunk of next season what do we do in the summer?

Do we look to replace her by bringing in a loan signing, as for me, Thor has been our weak link at CB in her and Millie's absence.
Caldwell, has done okay, and I love the fact that she is a die hard red, but away from that, is she really a good enough player to push us into a Champions League place?

With Mannion out, and hopefully, hopefully, Millie Turner fit for the start of next season, would we really start with, or think that a Turner and Caldwell centre-back partnership would be good enough??

The jury is out for me on that.....

Personally, I would look to bring in a CB in on loan, as we don't know how good Mannion will be when she comes back, as this would be yet another serious injury for her in a relative short amount of time for her, which is incredibly sad, one has to ask, would her body be up for a full season after this?
 

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With her out for most likely a large chunk of next season what do we do in the summer?

Do we look to replace her by bringing in a loan signing, as for me, Thor has been our weak link at CB in her and Millie's absence.
Caldwell, has done okay, and I love the fact that she is a die hard red, but away from that, is she really a good enough player to push us into a Champions League place?

With Mannion out, and hopefully, hopefully, Millie Turner fit for the start of next season, would we really start with, or think that a Turner and Caldwell centre-back partnership would be good enough??

The jury is out for me on that.....

Personally, I would look to bring in a CB in on loan, as we don't know how good Mannion will be when she comes back, as this would be yet another serious injury for her in a relative short amount of time for her, which is incredibly sad, one has to ask, would her body be up for a full season after this?
Realistically, most players with ACL injuries take around a year to start playing again, and most need a few months after that to get back to proper match sharpness. She is only 26, so I think she'll recover fully - but I doubt we'll see her play much next season, and it won't be until the season after that I'd expect her back to get best.

Whether it's realistic to get someone in on a loan as cover, I doubt. We might be lucky and pick up someone like Diane again - out of contract, and willing to take a short contract as a trial - but I'm hoping for a genuine first choice option coming in, and that's not easy.

At any rate, let's hope Aoife comes back strong and fit.
 

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Realistically, most players with ACL injuries take around a year to start playing again, and most need a few months after that to get back to proper match sharpness. She is only 26, so I think she'll recover fully - but I doubt we'll see her play much next season, and it won't be until the season after that I'd expect her back to get best.

Whether it's realistic to get someone in on a loan as cover, I doubt. We might be lucky and pick up someone like Diane again - out of contract, and willing to take a short contract as a trial - but I'm hoping for a genuine first choice option coming in, and that's not easy.

At any rate, let's hope Aoife comes back strong and fit.
The issue is, this isn't her first major or long term injury, this I belive is her third, and was definitely part of the reason why we managed to sign her from City in the first place.
If indeed she is out for a year or more, then that might put into question her future with us, as I don't know how long her contract is with us, but since most women's contracts are for about two years, then that might take her to the end of hers.

Do we offer her a new deal based upon not playing for a whole year, with a history of multiple long term injuries??

It is harsh, cruel & cynical, but there will be those at the club paid to make such decisions.

So, putting all that together, surely we have to bring in another CB, Thor isn't good enough, Millie, I think is our best CB, but she has been out herself for a while, & by the time of next season, it will presumably have been nearly half a year or more, since her last competitive game, so she will be rusty.

So that just leaves Caldwell, as our only match fit CB going into next season.....not exactly ideal....(touch wood that she doesn't pick up an injury.)

So I would definitely be looking to bring in a CB, we need depth, and we can't into next season, with just Caldwell and Thor, with questions over Millie.

Surely that would be utter madness, we have seen this season, what relying on people who have a history of long term injuries has done to us.

I don't wish to see Zelem playing at CB next season.

We can't afford to make do and mend, if we are serious about trying to break the triopoly, (if that is such a word, but hopefully you get what I mean) with the "big 3".

It is part of the reason why we jace dropped so many silly points this season, we can't afford to replicate that next season.
 

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Does this mean Mannion should be expected to be out at least til after new years?

And after that getting into game shape etc, and if setbacks it could be longer.

We need D reinforcements !

 

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Does this mean Mannion should be expected to be out at least til after new years?

And after that getting into game shape etc, and if setbacks it could be longer.

We need D reinforcements !
i would hope this means, halfway through rehab, not halfway through the injury
because then not that long at all untill back?
 

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i would hope this means, halfway through rehab, not halfway through the injury
because then not that long at all untill back?
She had surgery in the beginning of march and the club confirmed she was in rehab in mid march, which means she has been in rehab for 5 months, and she she says she has done a bit more than half the rehab time. So that would mean she would have like 4 months of rehab left including getting into to game shape when fit, meaning she would probably not be playing until after christmas/new years?
 

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She had surgery in the beginning of march and the club confirmed she was in rehab in mid march, which means she has been in rehab for 5 months, and she she says she has done a bit more than half the rehab time. So that would mean she would have like 4 months of rehab left including getting into to game shape when fit, meaning she would probably not be playing until after christmas/new years?
That's not unreasonable. Typical recovery times - surgery to normal training - are 6-12 months. It usually takes at least a year for a player to get back to playing full-time.

The rehab phase is slow, a lot of players get reinjured during the later stages of rehab or when they first start playing again. The recovery processes and the supporting technology are being steadily improved (though there are some questions about what works well for women players compared to men) but it's still a matter of taking the recovery slowly.

There's a good article from Aoife on FIFPRO talking about the mental health side of ACL recovery:

Incidentally FIFPRO are currently running a series of stories on post-tournament recovery. If you look at an article like:
https://fifpro.org/en/supporting-pl...ake-post-tournament-mental-health-a-priority/
Now try applying it to how Rashford was treated last year, it's just horrible to imagine.

Hopefully all our women who were at the Euros this summer (or who missed out) will be looked after at the club.