Aoife Mannion (right) injured her ACL playing for Manchester City against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League

Aoife Mannion (right) injured her ACL playing for Manchester City versus Atletico Madrid in the Champions League

The Football Association has actually launched an audit and formed an advisory group to study why anterior cruciate ligament injuries are more prevalent in female footballers.

Females players are eight times more most likely to hurt their ACLs than guys.

Twelve gamers in the top 2 tiers – the Women’s Super League (WSL) and Women’s Champion – have suffered the serious knee injury this season.

The FA says the results will be “thoroughly examined gradually”.

It says the audit, which remains in its “early stages”, will be performed by “a group of specialists from institutions associated with producing research around female athletes and/or females’s football”.

It included: “We will then be able to assess any patterns with particular injuries, including ACL injuries. We can then analyse rates of injuries, comparing to previous audits in men’s and females’s football and other sports.”

An FA programme where professionals deliver content on ACL injury prevention and rehabilitation methods to club medical staff is currently in place.

In a BBC Sport article last year, England and Toolbox midfielder Jordan Nobbs called for more research after she was eliminated of the 2019 Women’s World Cup with an ACL injury. She believes there is a link between ACL injuries and menstruations.

Manchester City defender Aoife Mannion is one of the WSL players to suffer the possibly career-threatening injury and had surgical treatment in October, putting her out of action for an “prolonged spell”.

In November, ACL injuries likewise sidelined Bristol City’s Abi Harrison and Brighton’s Ellie Brazil.

The FA will also conduct research to “comprehend” the demands of the WSL and Women’s Champion and the “the physical characteristics that underpin” them.

Bristol City had started menstrual cycle-related research into ACL injury prevention, although it is presently halted due to the fact that of the coronavirus pandemic.