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Janine Beckie played for Canada throughout the current SheBelieves Cup amid a dispute with Canada Soccer.James Williamson – AMA/Getty Photos
Portland Thorns and Canada women’s national group forward Janine Beckie will miss the upcoming NWSL season and the 2023 Women’s Globe Cup right after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her proper knee, her club announced Friday.
Beckie suffered the injury on Wednesday throughout a preseason friendly for the Thorns against the U.S. U-23 women’s youth national group. The 28-year-old will undergo surgery in the coming weeks, the Thorns stated.
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“Heartbroken is an understatement,” Beckie stated in a statement on social media. “Sadly yesterday physicians confirmed that throughout Wednesday night’s game I tore my ACL.
“Getting worked so challenging throughout off-season for what was set to be 1 of the largest seasons of my profession, defending the title for Portland Thorns and of course playing in the Globe Cup for Canada, getting out for an extended period of time if a hard pill to swallow.
“I will be supporting my group-mates for each club and nation this season and it goes without the need of saying I will be back greater and stronger than ever.”
The former Manchester City player was element of the Canada group that won Olympic gold in Tokyo in 2021 and has scored 36 objectives in 101 appearances at international level.
Beckie was also at the forefront of the team’s current protest more than spend equity and spending budget cuts ahead of it was announced earlier this month that the players had reached an interim funding agreement with Canada Soccer.
She was set to be a crucial player in this summer’s Globe Cup, which will take spot in Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to August 20.
The Thorns will start the defense of the NWSL Championship it won final year at house to the Orlando Pride on March 26.