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Arsenal’s Jonas Eidevall concerned about player workload after Beth Mead injury

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Arsenal head coach Jonas Eidevall believes the busy fixture schedule could put top players at greater risk of injury.

Gunners striker Beth Mead ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Manchester United and faces an extended spell on the sidelines.

Mead, named player of the tournament after England’s Euro 2022 triumph and runners-up in the Ballon d’Or behind Spain’s Alexia Putellas, is the latest in a long line of top players to suffer a long-term injury.

Eidevall will be without half a dozen key players for Thursday’s Champions League group game in Turin against Juventus.

When asked if player fatigue was a factor in Mead’s setback, Eidevall said: “It’s hard to answer of course because you don’t know all the variables.

“Player load and fatigue are obviously things that we constantly monitor and concern us with.

“So if that had been a factor it would have been obvious to us before this game and we wouldn’t have played it.

“But it can still happen, which makes it so difficult. When you see the number of injuries, yes I think the match schedule, especially for players who play in tournaments, it doesn’t help with the injury situation.

The Gunners’ 14-game winning streak in the Women’s Super League was snapped by United on Saturday and the Eidevall side are looking to bounce back against Juventus.

Former Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro is now in charge of the Turin giants, who are two points behind the Londoners in the Group C table.

Eidevall added: “They are a very competitive team. I think Juventus as a Women’s Champions League club have shown that consistently over the past few seasons.

“They can compete with any team in Europe and they do it very well, so we have a lot of respect for them.

“We understand and are fully aware of that. We will need a very good performance to get the result we want. »

Arsenal striker Katie McCabe said Mead, who faces a race to be fit in time for next summer’s World Cup finals, was a “massive loss” to Arsenal.

“For us as a team she is going to be a huge loss but we have a fantastic medical team around the club and they will do everything they can to try and get her back,” the Republic of Ireland skipper said.

“But yes, a massive loss. We are devastated for her, but she has great support in our team and we will definitely rally behind her.

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org