Watson optimistic about comeback

Monday 25 March 2024 17:00

Emma Watson is feeling positive about making her long-awaited return to the Manchester United Women side as she continues her recovery from injury.

Watson suffered an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury while on international duty with Scotland last September, but in recent weeks has been back on the grass with the Reds at Carrington.

The 18-year-old was involved in the club's pre-season games following her summer arrival from Rangers, but injury has meant she’s yet to make her competitive debut for Marc Skinner’s side.

However, speaking on the latest episode of UTD Podcast, Emma was feeling upbeat about her recovery process.

“My knee is getting there, it’s getting better,” she told hosts Helen Evans, Sam Homewood and David May.

“I’m 18 weeks post-op now and I’m starting to get back running and things like that and progressing in the gym.

“I’m just kind of taking it day by day and just try not to get frustrated with myself. It’s a long process. I’ve just got to keep going.

“There are exciting times ahead and, hopefully, I’m back on the pitch soon.”

Emma admitted she had previously feared that an ACL would be one of her ‘worst nightmares’, but has found her time in recovery to be something of a learning curve.

“It’s probably everyone’s biggest fear; rupturing their ACL. I think for it to hit me at such a young age was obviously not ideal.

Miyazawa and Watson back on the grass


Marc Skinner has confirmed that the recently absent duo are stepping up their recoveries.

“But now I’m in the process, I have had time to reflect and just think about it all. You do think, ‘Yeah, it’s a big injury.’ It’s obviously one of your biggest fears.

“But I think now I’m at a stage where it’s just football, it’s life, injuries are a part of the sport. I probably will have more injuries, hopefully never as severe as this, but it’s just a learning experience and something that I’m going to grow from.”

The latest episode of UTD Podcast, featuring Emma Watson, is now available to listen to here.