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KATIE MCCABE says Arsenal will do their utmost to support Beth Mead after admitting it was ‘devastating to see her sustain an ACL injury. 

The Gunners forward, 27 is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering damage to a knee ligament last Saturday. 

3Katie McCabe says Arsenal's players are rallying around Beth Mead following her anterior cruciate ligament injuryCredit: Getty 3Arsenal are yet to confirm how long Mead will be sidelined as a result of her ACL injuryCredit: Reuters

The WSL star, who won the Euros Golden Boot after helping the Lionesses win the tournament in July, was forced off by injury during Arsenal’s 3-2 loss to Manchester United at the Emirates.

 

Her club, who play Juventus in Italy tonight, will also be without skipper Kim Little and forward Lina Hurtig. 

The duo are also sidelined due to injuries along with defenders Leah Williamson and Rafaelle.

The centre-backs are currently working their way back to fitness. 

The Gunners hope to complete a hat-trick of Group D wins in their third Champions League group stage game.

McCabe, 27, told reporters: "It's devastating for (Beth) coming off the pitch with an injury like that. She's been so important for us over the last few years. 

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"The high she was on at the minute in terms of her personal achievements, having such a good Euros and a great start to the season for us.”

Mead, who netted six goals at the Euros and finished as the WSL’s third highest scorer last season, has made an impressive start to this term. 

The Arsenal star notched up three goals and four assists in seven top-flight appearances and a brace during the Gunners’ 5-1 demolition of Lyon in October.

McCabe added: "She’s going to be a massive loss, but we’ve got a fantastic medical team at the club and they’ll be doing their utmost to try and get her back (to full fitness).

"Beth has got great support in our team and we’ll be rallying around her for sure.”

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Arsenal’s game against Juve will see the club’s players go up against former boss Joe Montemurro, 53, for the first time since he left the Gunners at the end of the 2020-21 season. 

Since then the Australia-born head coach guided his side to a trophy treble with the club winning a Serie A title, the Italian Cup and the Italian Women’s Super Cup last season. 

Juve, who reached the quarter-finals of last season’s Champions League, are currently unbeaten across all competitions this term. 

Under Montemurro they have gone eight games unbeaten at home in Europe this season.

McCabe has made 100 appearances for the Gunners since her 2015 move from Irish side Shelbourne.

And she credits her former Arsenal boss for believing in her talent during her early years at the club. 

The Republic of Ireland star had at one stage considered leaving the WSL title chasers after a 2017 loan spell at Glasgow City. 

However the Gunners offered her a contract extension and the versatile winger has flourished ever since. 

3Arsenal's players are due take on a Juventus side managed by their former boss Joe MontemurroCredit: Getty

McCabe added: "I’m looking forward to seeing him because I’ve not seen him in a while. 

"I’ve got the utmost respect for Joe and how he helped me grow as a player within the Arsenal set-up when I came back from loan. 

"He’s a big, big part of my career."

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How many timelines are the Houston Rockets operating right now?

However many it is, it’s the wrong number.

The Warriors won again on Saturday night, beating the Rockets 120-101. It was Golden State’s fifth win in its last six games. After a tough start to the season, this team is three games back of first place in the Western Conference standings and only one game back of home-court seeding. Yes, the winning machine is up and running again in San Francisco, and Saturday, it took care of a young, inexperienced, learning-on-the-fly Rockets team that at points looked as if it had no idea what it was doing.

Perhaps I’m dating myself, but I vividly remember when these two teams were the NBA’s two best and arch-rivals. It really wasn’t that long ago, I swear.

But Houston’s demise is a reminder of two big things for the Warriors:

1. Do not take the continued and sustained greatness of this team for granted. It’s the exception that proves the rule.
2. A typical young player needs hundreds of games before they know how to win in the NBA. If a team is chock full of young players, the whole process is an agony that you don’t even wish upon your worst enemy (as evidenced).

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For the Rockets, everything flipped seemingly overnight. Houston’s plan to rebuild wasn’t so much a choice as it was a necessity. James Harden demanded out of Houston before the 2021 season began, and after nine games the Rockets eventually gave in and traded him to the Nets. (Remember that?)

Then first-year Rockets coach Stephen Silas called the Harden drama an “all-around messed up situation” back then.

Left with no superstar in a loaded Western Conference, the Rockets made the prudent decision to start tanking. Bring on those draft picks, baby!

Well, the Rockets are still tanking, three years later.

And it’s probably going to be a few more seasons before the tank ends.

The Warriors, of course, had tanked the season before. It was the byproduct of a roster that needed a full reset after five straight trips to the Finals, paired with Steph Curry missing most of the season and Klay Thompson all of it. (And all the Warriors received for that tank was James Wiseman.)

But the next season, they made the play-in tournament.

And last year, they won the title.

Again, this isn’t normal.

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There are a million points where things could have fallen apart for the Warriors on the ride down and back up again. Just recently, Draymond Green’s punch of Jordan Poole led to an “all-around messed up situation” that paired bad behavior, terrible energy, and losing basketball.

And yet here the Dubs are, a few weeks later, as steady as any team in the league, but with far more accomplishments.

Even after everything we saw the first month-plus of the season — it was unambiguously bad, folks— would you place a bet against the Dubs to win the title again in June?

I wouldn’t.

The reasons for this are numerous — Green’s great play, the steadiness of Andrew Wiggins (36 points on Saturday), Klay Thompson’s bounce-back, and Steve Kerr’s coaching all come to mind.

But the reason is truly singular: The Dubs have Curry.

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I don’t know how long Curry will be a star-level player. He’s done more than hint that he’s trying to be the Tom Brady of basketball, so it could be a while yet.

And perhaps by the time Curry’s best is behind him — be that a few years or another decade from now — the Warriors will have developed or acquired another superstar player that can take on the mantle from him. Perhaps this current core will provide that star.

But that probably won’t happen. The Warriors can only be so lucky. Think about how long it took the Warriors to find Curry in the first place.

Realistically, the best the Warriors organization can do is try to maintain a baseline level of competence for when Curry exits or declines. If the Warriors need to lie to themselves and call that a second “championship timeline” so be it. Perhaps amid that delusion, the Dubs can do enough to hold off the years of rock bottom the Rockets are currently experiencing.

Or maybe not — we saw the 2019-2020 season, after all.

We’ll find out what comes to pass in due time. But in the meantime, as the Dubs keep pushing along, take a moment to savor this one-of-a-kind stretch of success.

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