KATIE MCCABE says Arsenal will do their best to support Beth Mead after admitting that her ACL injury was devastating.
The Gunners forward, 27, prepares to cast a spell on the sidelines after he injured his knee ligament last Saturday.
The WSL star, who won the Euro Golden Boot after helping the Lionesses win the tournament in July, was forced out of the game with an injury as Arsenal lost 3-2 to Manchester United at the Emirates.
Captain Kim Little and forward Lina Hurtig will not be in the club that faced Juventus in Italy this evening.
The duo will be out of the field due to injuries, along with defenders Leah Williamson and Rafaelle.
The centre-backs are currently working to get back in condition.
The Gunners hope to score a hat-trick with a Group D win in their third Champions League group stage game.
McCabe, 27, told reporters: “It’s devastating for (Beth) to come off the pitch with such an injury. It’s been very important to us over the last few years.
“He is currently at the top in terms of personal achievements, he has a very good Euro and has made a great start to the season for us.”
Mead has had an impressive start to this season, scoring six goals in the Euro and the third top scorer in the WSL last season.
The Arsenal star recorded three goals and four assists in seven senior matches in the Gunners’ 5-1 win over Lyon in October.
McCabe added: “It will be a huge loss, but we have a great medical team at the club and they will do their best to get him back[to full fitness].”
“Beth has great support on our team and we will definitely rally around her.”
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Arsenal’s match against Juve will see the club’s players face off against former 53-year-old boss Joe Montemurro for the first time since leaving Gunners at the end of the 2020-21 season.
Since then, the Australian-born head coach has led the side to a trophy trio, with the club winning the Serie A title, the Coppa Italia and the Women’s Super Cup last season.
Juve, who reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season, is currently undefeated in all competitions this period.
Under Montemurro, they are undefeated in eight games at home in Europe this season.
McCabe has made 100 appearances for the Gunners since leaving Irish side Shelbourne in 2015.
And he thanks the former Arsenal boss for believing in his talent during his early years at the club.
The Republic of Ireland star had at one stage considered leaving the WSL championship fighters after a spell at Glasgow City on loan in 2017.
But the Gunners offered him a contract extension, and the versatile winger has evolved since then.
McCabe added: “I’m looking forward to seeing him as I haven’t seen him in a while.
“I have great respect for Joe and how he helped me grow as a player on the Arsenal setup when I came back from loan.
“He’s a big, big part of my career.”