‘Ada will come back stronger’

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The mother of Norwegian football star Ada Stolsmo Hegerberg says she’s quite sure her daughter will return to the field even stronger than before she tore a ligament in her right knee during a training session last weekend. Hegerberg herself vows fans will be able “to see me soon.”

Norwegian football star Ada Hegerberg has won top honours in the football world, but probably won’t be able to play for at least another six months. PHOTO: Norges Idrettsforbund

The accident occurred “when she was off balance,” her mother Gerd Stolsmo told newspaper Aftenposten, and not in the vicinity of any other players during the training session with her French football club Lyon on Saturday.

“At first no one could see that it (her injury) was serious becuase she has such strong muscles,” Stolsmo said, adding that her daughter was very disappointed when she called home to report what had happened.

“It’s incredibly unfortunate that she should suffer such an injury after she’s been so good recently,” Stolsmo added. “This was a surprise. She was unhappy, but she’s already perking up. Such things happen to many big stars, so there’s no use crying about it.”

It’s the first serious injury in Hegerberg’s career, and she faces a lengthy rehabilitation period after looming surgery. “She’s very motivated to come back stronger, that’s the way Ada’s brain functions,” her mother told Aftenposten.

It remained unclear when the 24-year old, who’s been celebrated twice as the best female football player in the world, will be able to play again. “It’s difficult to know,” Stolsmo said. “Some players come back after just half-a-year, but I think the biggest mistake would be to come back too soon.”

Lyon’s management predicted Hegerberg, who comes from Sunndal, would be off for the usual time it takes to heal from a torn ligament. That’s normally considered to be at least six months.

newsinenglish.no staff