Emma Hayes’ quadruple hopes suffer fresh blow as Mia Fishel is latest player to suffer ACL injury

Mia Fishel - Emma Hayes' quadruple hopes suffer fresh blow as Mia Fishel is latest player to suffer ACL injury
Mia Fishel joined Chelsea from Mexican Club Tigers on a three-year contract in August - Getty Images

Chelsea’s hopes of marking the end of Emma Hayes’ tenure with a quadruple of trophies have been dealt another major blow after a second of the club’s strikers suffered a season-ending knee injury in the space of a few weeks.

American centre forward Mia Fishel has torn an anterior cruciate ligament, just a month after the same problem ended Australia international Sam Kerr’s campaign.

Fishel’s injury occurred while she was training with the United States national side, who started their Concacaf Gold Cup campaign on Tuesday evening.

ACL injuries have plagued the women’s game, forcing 37 players to miss last summer’s Women’s World Cup. Speaking to Telegraph Sport in January, Arsenal and England defender Leah Williamson hit out at the “unsustainable” international calendar which she felt was a major contributing factor.

Fishel’s news will be a crushing blow to Hayes and her team, who were beaten 1-0 by title rivals Manchester City on Friday. That result left the top two Women’s Super League sides level on points and goal difference.

And the double setback will hamper Chelsea when they meet Ajax in the Women’s Champions League quarter-finals over two legs in March.

The defending WSL champions said in a statement: “Mia will be assessed by a specialist in the coming days and will then begin her rehabilitation with the club’s medical team at Cobham. Everyone at Chelsea would like to wish Mia the very best for her recovery.”

The US women’s national team, who have called up former Tottenham striker Alex Morgan to replace Fishel in their squad, added in a statement: “Fishel tore the ACL in her right knee during training on Feb. 19.”

The injury rules Fishel out of this summer’s Olympics in Paris, where the US – who will be coached by Hayes from May – will be among the favourites.

The US’s interim head coach Twila Kilgore said: “I’m gutted for Mia, and I know the team and the entire staff is as well. I know she’ll come back strong and hopefully be in the mix for the next World Cup.”

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