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Spurs Women’s Naz to undergo ACL surgery, will miss much of the season

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Craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaap.

Real Betis Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women: Ramon de Carranza Trophy Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images

More bad injury news, but this time it’s for Tottenham Hotspur Women. The club announced both on social media and on its official website that young Spurs striker Jessica Naz will miss the majority of the season after undergoing ACL surgery. Naz picked up the injury while playing in Spurs’ preseason tournament in Spain last week.

We can confirm that Tottenham Hotspur Women forward Jessica Naz will undergo surgery after rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament.

The England Under-19 international sustained the injury during our participation in the final of the Ramón de Carranza Trophy against Athletic Club (Bilbao) in Cadiz, Spain last week.

The rehabilitation required means she will not be expected to return to action until later next year.

— Statement, Tottenham Hotspur Women

That’s a blow for Spurs. Naz, 18, is a hugely exciting, up-and-coming striker for Tottenham and for England. She’s been capped at the England U17 and U19 levels already, and was tipped to be an important part of Spurs’ first season in the first division WSL. She scored 4 goals last season for Spurs in the FA Women’s Championship in 17 appearances.

The good news is that she wasn’t (yet) a lock-down starter, but with a season of experience in England’s top flight there was a good chance she could’ve blossomed this year. And frankly, the WSL is tough and Spurs need everyone healthy and firing on all cylinders if they’re going to be assured of survival in their first season in the league. Hopefully she recovers quickly and is able to get back ahead of schedule.