Forfar Farmington under 17’s captain Erin Thomson was gutted after suffering a knee injury last month which has ruled her out for at least a year.
The 15 year old attacker was injured in training last month and also underwent surgery at the end of June, with another scheduled for August.
It is the second knee injury in three months at the club after the Premier League side’s Sydney Cairns tore her ACL as well as the inside and outside cartilage in April.
Thomson was pleased with the support she has received in the past month, saying of the injury “I was quite disappointed at the start but not so much after two or three weeks, I’ve had a lot of support from coaches and players at the club and outwith, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has taken the time to do so. I just need to concentrate on each stage as its coming and concentrate hard on making a good recovery and come back stronger than I’ve been in the past.”
Erin suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament and torn medial and lateral meniscus. Her first operation, at the end of June, was to remove the ruptured ACL and to stitch both menisci meanwhile her second is to reconstruct the ACL with a graft from her hamstring.
“I’ve had my cartilage repaired on both sides of my knee, my medial meniscus was torn so I’ve had that repaired as well, I’ve got six stitches inside my knee so that’ll be another three months added onto the nine for my ACL reconstruction and I’ve had my ACL completely removed from my knee.”
Thomson said she hopes to be able to start swimming soon to aid the recovery although she has been told she will miss at least a year before she can play a sport of any kind “Depending on what the surgeon says, I’m hoping to get back to my swimming as soon as possible and I’ll get back into cycling as well as jogging and build the strength up again.”
Despite the injury, Erin feels her side’s season has gone well so far, having made the step up from the under 15 level with the majority of the squad still fourteen or fifteen.
Thomson has chipped in with a few goals and assists with the side currently fourth having only lost twice and made the League Cup final recently, being edged out 3-1 by a strong Hibernian side.
“I think we’ve played really well this season, quite a few of us were nervous moving up but I feel it was definitely the best decision to come to the 17s level to challenge ourselves instead of winning games at 15s. Playing against teams like Hibs, even though we got beat heavily one game, it’s been great to have an opportunity to play teams higher than us.”
As was mentioned above, SWPL player Sydney Cairns suffered a similar injury earlier in the year, the sixteen year old successfully went through her ACL operation at the end of June and is now on the long road to recovery.