World’s best female footballer Alexia Putellas suffers a knee injury in training on the eve of Euro 2022, leaving tournament favourites Spain reeling as England prepare to kick-off tomorrow
- The Spanish Football Federation confirmed Putellas had sprained her knee
- Spain will be sweating on the Barcelona star’s fitness for the Women’s Euros
- They open their Group B campaign against Finland in Milton Keynes on Friday
Spain have been dealt a huge blow on the eve of the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 tournament after star player Alexia Putellas sprained her knee in training.
Putellas, who was also named the FIFA Best Women’s Player earlier this year, was at the heart of the Barcelona women’s team which won the Spanish league and finished runners-up in the Champions League.
She was the top scorer in the Champions League with 11 goals while she also finished with 18 strikes in the league.
Spain star Alexia Putellas is facing a race against time to be fit for the Women’s Euros
The Spanish Football Federation said ‘medical tests would determine the extent of her injury’.
The 28-year-old is now facing a race against time to be fit for the tournament, which starts with the opening game between hosts England and Austria at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Putellas is the second Spain player to get injured ahead of the Euros. Forward Jennifer Hermoso has been ruled out of the competition after she was diagnosed with a grade two sprain of the lateral ligament in her right knee.
Putellas played a starring role for Barcelona last season as they won the Spanish League
Spain are one of the favourites to lift the trophy on July 31 and begin their campaign against Finland in Milton Keynes on Friday.
Their second game will be against Germany at the Brentford Community Stadium in London on July 12 before they play Denmark – who will be making their return to international competition after failing to qualify for the 2019 World Cup – in their final group clash on July 16.
Spain are touted as the favourites to win the tournament despite failing to progress beyond the quarter-finals in either 2013 or 2017.
The 28-year-old Spaniard was also named the FIFA Best Women’s Player earlier this year
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