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Wienroither suffers ACL rupture to add to Arsenal injury woes

Arsenal have confirmed defender Laura Wienroither has suffered a ruptured ACL, becoming the fourth player at the club ruled out by the same long-term injury.

The 24-year-old was taken off on a stretcher during the Gunners' Champions League semi-final second-leg defeat to Wolfsburg at the Emirates on Monday, only 18 minutes after coming on.

After tests, the club have now confirmed she has ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament, and will undergo surgery before a course of rehabilitation.

Wienroither's lay-off marks the latest in a line of ACL injuries this season for Arsenal, who are already operating without England captain Leah Williamson, first-choice striker Vivianne Miedema and Euro 2022 player of the tournament Beth Mead.

Miedema later shared a message of support for her fellow injured team-mates, posting on Instagram: "At least we will all be in the gym together. PS the ACL group is full now. Please no more."

Wienroither's absence will add another blow to the Gunners' already slim hopes of lifting the WSL title. Arsenal are nine points behind leaders Man Utd with two games in hand, and face relegation-strugglers Leicester live on Sky Sports on Friday night.

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