Maren Mjelde of Chelsea Women celebrates after scoring Manchester United Women v Chelsea Women, Continental Cup Semi-Final football match, Leigh Sports Village, Leigh, UK - 29 Jan 2020 Photo: Jon Super for The FA

Chelsea defender Mjelde confirms season end due to knee injury

Chelsea defender Maren Mjelde has confirmed that her season is over after sustaining a knee injury in yesterday’s 6-0 FA Women’s Continental League Cup final victory over Bristol City at Vicarage Road.

The 31-year-old Norwegian international was left screaming in pain after coming out badly from an honest challenge for the ball with Bristol City’s Aimee Palmer and she left the field on a stretcher.

Mjelde was taken to hospital for treatment following the incident before returning home last night. The player has today taken to her personal Twitter account to provide fans with an update on her injury. Mjelde has confirmed that her season is over and that she will need an operation, however, the injury is not thought to be as bad as first feared and she has already set her sights on a return in pre-season.

Chelsea cruised to victory over huge underdogs Bristol City in Watford with Australian international Sam Kerr netting a hat-trick while Fran Kirby scored two goals and created four more. Guro Reiten was also on target for Emma Hayes’ side as they retained the FA Women’s Continental League Cup into a second year.

Mjelde left the field in the 81st minute following a lengthy period being assisted by the Chelsea medical team on the turf. The Blues went on to play out the final minutes with 10 players with manager Hayes having already used all of her permitted substitutions. Mjelde will now miss the end of season run-in in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and the final rounds of this season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League. The defender will also be absent for the first two rounds of Chelsea’s Vitality Women’s FA Cup campaign, although she could be fit for the latter rounds of the competition should The Blues progress.

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