Injury setback for Wellington Phoenix defender Marisa van der Meer

Wellington Phoenix defender Marisa van der Meer has undergone surgery after re-rupturing her ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) six months into her rehabilitation for the knee injury.

Van der Meer (22) has been sidelined since December 2023, when she ruptured the ACL in her right knee while on international duty with the Football Ferns.

In June, she signed a new contract with the Phoenix as she continued her recovery.

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However, van der Meer has shared with her social media followers the news she has suffered a setback.

“Coming up to my 6 month of rehab, I have unfortunately re-reputed my ACL along with medial and lateral meniscus tears in my right knee,” she wrote.

“This is not how I expected things to go, but thankful that I could undergo an early surgery.

“We keep going!”

One of the first to reply to her update were the Phoenix who said: “Come back stronger, Marisa. We’re supporting you all the way.”

Van der Meer had been targeting a return in the September-December period, and has been studying for a physiotherapy degree.

How Marisa van der Meer shared the news of her injury setback.

Van der Meer began her football journey with Canterbury clubs Parklands United, FC Twenty 11, and Cashmere Technical, before joining women’s A-League club Melbourne City in 2021.

After joining the Phoenix in 2022, she had a stint with Lotto NRFL Women’s Premiership club Auckland United before resuming with the Phoenix for the 2023-24 Liberty A-League season.

Van der Meer’s injury leaves the Phoenix with three central defenders signed for the next A-League season.

They are Mackenzie Barry, Rebecca Lake and Tiana Jaber.

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This story was first published on July 7, 2024.

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