Deanne Rose’s injury is a blow to preparations for the 2023 Canadian Women’s World Cup

Overcoming setbacks is nothing new for Canadian women’s forward Deanne Rose.

Rose, a native of Alliston, Ont., made the decision in 2014 to leave the sport after being cut from the Canadian Under-15 team, which was then overseen by current senior team coach Bev Priestman. A promising career seems to have ended before it even started.

But her life took an unexpected turn when she was invited to train with the Canadian Under-17 team in 2015. Things went so well that by the end of the year she earned his first selection for Canada’s senior team at the age of 16. She has been a mainstay of the national team ever since, with her rise to the top as Olympic champion capping an incredible comeback that is a tribute to her strength of character.

However, Rose, now 23, will need to show the same resolve as she faces a serious injury crisis. Last weekend she was forced off the pitch just 20 minutes after Reading FC’s opener of the English Women’s Super League season against Manchester United. Scans later showed that Rose had ruptured her Achilles tendon. Reading released a public statement on Thursday that lacked detail, saying only that Rose “will be out of action for an extended period.”

“I really don’t have many words to describe the disappointment I feel,” Rose said in an Instagram post. “However, I have the determination, the faith and the mindset to come back stronger mentally and physically.”

The timing couldn’t be worse

The timing of the injury couldn’t be worse for Rose, who played NCAA football for four seasons at the University of Florida before turning pro last year. While Reading finished a disappointing eighth place in the WSL in 2021-22, Rose impressed in his rookie campaign scoring five goals in all competitions, firmly establishing himself as one of the brightest newcomers to the league. league. More was expected of her this season at Reading.

The injury also puts his international career on hold, ruling him out for next month’s exhibition matches against Argentina and Morocco, and the November international window when Canada are due to play two more friendlies.

Whether she will be able to return in time for next summer’s FIFA World Cup, which will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, is the million dollar question at this point.

Even if Rose recovers in six months, she will have missed most of the WSL season with Reading and will have little time to get a few games under her belt and regain her fitness ahead of the World Cup. If she’s out any longer, that window of opportunity narrows even more and would likely put her participation in the World Cup in jeopardy.

If Canada could not count on Rose, it would be a blow to its chances of success at the World Cup. Quick and powerful, Rose has become an important player for the Reds since her debut seven years ago, scoring 10 goals and adding nine assists in 73 appearances (43 starts).

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Deanne Rose suffers an Achilles tendon injury in Reading’s loss to Manchester United

Canadian striker Deanne Rose ruptured her Achilles tendon in Reading’s 4-0 defeat in their Women’s Super League opener against Manchester United, and will be out of the line-up for an extended period.

Canada would be weaker without Rose

Canada Soccer Hall of Famer Amy Walsh, who earned 102 caps for the Canadian women’s team from 1997-2009, says Canada would be a weaker team without Rose.

“She’s a sprinter. That’s a huge aspect of her game, it’s her speed – both with the ball at her feet on the dribble, and in a full sprint when she’s on a recovery run or an offensive run,” Walsh said. Radio-Canada Sports.

“So it’s a big hole to fill if Deanne can’t recover for the World Cup. Obviously Bev will have other attacking players to call on. But I don’t know if she can call on n’ anyone with the specific profile of Deanne, someone who can force opponents to back down because they have to show him that respect. He’s a big piece of the Canadian team.

Rose also provides Canada with attacking versatility and opens up play for her teammates, namely central midfielder Jessie Fleming.

“With Deanne you get a full striker but also a real winger so he’s someone who can play on the front three. She also gives the team a dimension where they can create that half space so that Fleming can operate in. With Rose’s speed, the opponent’s defenders need to drop deeper, as she can beat them in a run or beat them in the corner, which opens things up more for Fleming in the middle of the game. park,” Welsh explained.

Rose showed great composure for someone so young and inexperienced, forcing herself into the Canadian team clutch in some of her greatest moments.

Rose celebrates her goal in the women’s gold medal final shootout against Sweden with teammate Shelina Zadorsky (4), helping Canada win its first ever Olympic football title in Tokyo 2021. (Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Rose an Olympic match

It was Rose who opened the scoring in the third-place game at the 2016 Olympics, helping Canada win 2-1 against hosts Brazil. In doing so, she became the youngest women’s Olympic scorer in history, at 17 years and 169 days, as the Canadians won a second straight bronze medal.

Last summer at the Tokyo Games, Rose played in all six games and started four times, including playing all 120 minutes of regulation time and extra time against Sweden in the final.

With Canada on the brink of a heartbreaking defeat, Rose kept her cool during the penalty shootout to tie things up and keep her country’s hopes alive. This paved the way for teammate Julia Grosso to seal the gold medal for Canada with the team’s next penalty attempt.

“The consistency she showed at such a young age and her ability to shine in big moments is what you expect from a striker, and that’s what Deanne gives you,” Walsh said.

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