Carolin Simon FC Bayern and Germany Women

Carolin Simon sustains ruptured cruciate

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FC Bayern player Carolin Simon has suffered a serious injury setback after rupturing the cruciate ligament in her left knee while playing for Germany women in an international friendly against Zambia on Friday evening. As a result, the defender will miss the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand with her national team, and will also be unavailable for FC Bayern Women for a lengthy spell in the coming season.

FC Bayern CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen said: "We're all shocked, we'd hoped for a less severe diagnosis for Caro. We wish her a speedy recovery. It's a great pity that three of FC Bayern's top players - Carolin Simon, Giulia Gwinn and Linda Dallmann - will all miss the World Cup due to injury. We wish the players who are travelling to Australia next week every success at the tournament."

Bianca Rech, head of the FC Bayern Women's section, expressed the club’s full support for Simon: "This is bitter news, especially of course for Caro. We feel for her, we’ll support her in every way, and be there for her."

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