Manchester City and Republic of Ireland defender Megan Campbell has undergone surgery on a foot injury sustained last month – with the Drogheda native facing another extended spell on the sidelines.
The left sided defender, who has had to bide her time in reserve this season as table-topping City search for an FA Women’s Super League triumph, was handed a start in the league clash against Tottenham Hotspur on January 5th but she suffered a foot injury and has not featured since. The game was just her third league start of the 19/20 FAWSL campaign.
She underwent tendon surgery on her right foot on Tuesday and will now begin a rehabilitation process which will keep her out of action for several months. She will miss the remainder of the league season.
Campbell, from Scarlet Street and a former pupil of Greenhills in the town, joined Manchester City four years ago after representing Florida State University in the United States. The 26-year-old signed a new one-year-deal ay City last June and is out of contract in the summer.
She has already missed large chunks of her time at the Etihad campus due to injury, including most of last year’s league and cup double winning campaign. In four years at the club, injuries have restricted her to just 41 appearances.
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She suffered a serious ankle injury in 2016 before an anterior cruciate ligament injury meant she did not play for 14 months between November 2017 and February last year.
Writing on social media on Tuesday afternoon, after her surgery, Campbell said; “So here it goes! Another road to recovering and one I never thought I’d have to experience again. It’s a horrible feeling when my dream of playing professional football, which I have been incredibly lucky to experience so far, is the one thing which has broken me down on a number of occasions.
“I’ve been here before and for those looking from the outside in, it’s hard to comprehend how it feels. For me, it’s hard to sit here and wonder why I find myself in this position again. It’s hard to constantly get back up and keep bouncing back, but I will give my absolute all to be back out on the pitch again soon with both Man City and Ireland.”