Chloe Kelly in action at Wembley Chelsea Women v Manchester City Women Womens Community Shield football match, Wembley Stadium, London, UK - 29 Aug 2020 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Manchester City forward Kelly confirmed to have sustained ACL injury

Manchester City have confirmed that forward Chloe Kelly has sustained an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury which will keep her on the sidelines for a significant period of time.

The 23-year-old sustained the injury in the second half of Manchester City’s 4-0 victory over Birmingham City at The Academy Stadium on Sunday. She was caught by visiting defender Rebecca Holloway in the box and spent a significant period of time undergoing treatment on the pitch.

Kelly eventually left the field on a stretcher as her game and her season came to an end. Prior to the injury, it had been a positive performance from the England international as she had netted her side’s first two goals.

The player has now undergone a scan on her knee and Manchester City have today confirmed that Kelly has damaged her Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) meaning that she could spend around nine months on the sidelines depending upon the seriousness of the injury.

The news comes not only as a real blow to Manchester City’s title hopes this season but also to their plans for a competitive start to next term. Kelly has been hugely influential in her first year with the club, scoring 10 goals in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and providing 11 assists and she will be sorely missed during her enforced absence.

Manchester City end their Barclays FA Women’s Super League season at West Ham United on Sunday.

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