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Beth Mead wants research into why so many female players suffer horror knee injuries

The newly crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament last month and is a major doubt for next summer's World Cup.

Mead ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her knee in November, before Miedema, the Women’s Super League record goalscorer, did the same this month. Both will probably miss the Women’s World Cup next year in Australia and New Zealand.Their Both were standing there, two of the best female players on the planet, on crutches. Beth Mead is among a host of players sidelined with ACL injuries, yet Fifa’s response is to add to a packed scheduleThe photograph of Beth Mead and her partner and Arsenal teammate, Vivianne Miedema, on the red carpet before the England forward’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year win, illustrated a problem rocking women’s football. Those at the top as well as further down the pyramid have been affected.

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