Sophie Haywood of Aston Villa Ladies Aston Villa Ladies v Sheffield United Women, Women's Championship football match, Trevor Brown Memorial Ground, Birmingham, UK - 18 Aug 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Aston Villa forward to miss the remainder of the season with ACL injury

Aston Villa forward Sophie Haywood will miss the remainder of the season with an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury according to reports on the club’s official website.

The 25-year-old ruptured her ACL during a club training session and the player is now set to go under the surgeon’s knife to correct the problem.

Once Haywood has had her operation, she will undergo a lengthy period of rest and rehabilitation and the player is likely to also miss the start of next season.

Haywood joined Villa in summer 2018 following the conclusion of herĀ two-year sporting scholarship at Texas A&M University in the United States. The player was a regular starter for Villa in the FA Women’s Championship but has found starts more difficult to come by in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League. Haywood has been named in the starting XI for three of Villa’s league fixtures this season while she has been brought on from the bench on five occasions. The forward’s last appearance came as a substitute as Villa defeated Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at The Banks’s Stadium early last month.

Villa took on Manchester United without Haywood earlier today at The Leigh Sports Village. Marcus Bignot’s side went down 3-0, leaving the club just four points above the relegation zone.

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