Archive for December 2021

SOUTTAR ON LONG ROAD TO RECOVERY

Stoke City defender Harry Souttar is on the long road to recovery after he sustained a serious knee injury while on national team duty with Australia last month. 23-year-old Souttar suffered anterior cruciate ligament rupture while he was in action for Australia during the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Souttar was one of the best players in the English Championship before injury virtually ended his season. He flew back to the United Kingdom (UK) shortly after sustaining the injury, but he had to wait for the knee to settle down before undergoing surgery.

The Stoke City star had the knee surgery at a premium clinic based in London, the same people who attended to Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk when he had a similar injury in October 2020. The Dutchman returned to the pitch in July and he has been a key player for the Reds in their quest to win the Premier League title this season. The ex-Celtic and Southampton centre back had sustained the serious knee problem in a collision with Everton shot stopper Jordan Pickford during the Merseyside Derby. Van Dijk has completed a match 23 times since he first played the whole game in mid-August after his recovery from the serious knee injury.

Usually, the average recovery time for footballers who suffer anterior cruciate ligament is between seven and nine months. To this effect, Souttar should be back to lead Australia to next year’s FIFA World Cup tournament on Qatari soil as long as his country qualifies for it.

Australia national team player Souttar has been a leader for Championship team Stoke City in their quest to bag a Championship playoff spot at least this season and he would surely be missed by the club. The Australian international showed his leadership qualities when he took the captain’s armband in the absence of the experienced Joe Allen.