European champion Gadirova confirms ACL injury

Great Britain’s Jessica Gadirova has confirmed she tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp earlier this month.

Gadirova, 19, said she her injury came in a “freak accident” during a warm-up before the individual all-around final.

The European all-around champion admitted in an Instagram post she is unsure how long she will be out for.

“I know it’s going to be a tough and long journey ahead,” she wrote.

“At this point I don’t know for sure how long but I’ll be doing everything I can with the support of those around me to return to the sport I love as soon as I can,” she added.

Gadirova won three gold medals at the European Championships earlier this year and is an Olympic bronze medallist after finishing third in the team event at Tokyo 2020 alongside twin sister Jennifer.

Recovery from a torn ACL typically takes between six and 12 months.

The 2024 Paris Olympics will begin on 26 July next year.

Source: BBC