Monday 16 September 2019

Rianna ruled out again

Dean Goodison

The dream call-up to Sue Ronan's Republic of Ireland squad turned into pretty much the biggest nightmare a soccer player can have for rising star Rianna Jarrett.

A place in the elite training camp in La Manga was supposed to be the next big step for the Wexford youngster, one she was supremely focused on achieving in an interview with our magazine in December.

However, a second anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in less than two years has left the striker facing a minimum of half a year on the sidelines and in rehab mode for most of 2015.

The knee injury happened to Jarrett while she was away with the national squad, in a practice game against Norway, and was diagnosed on return to Ireland last week.

Jarrett had successfully recovered from the same injury just before the end of the 2013-'14 campaign and, aided by her two goals, helped Wexford Youths to a National League Cup win.

The hotshot spent the last six months playing in the American collegiate system where she picked up an array of honours including Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

No date has been set for Jarrett's operation to repair her knee, and the recovery is expected to take between six to nine months once the work is complete.

It will be a frustrating time for the Wexford town prodigy.

Wexford People