FIFA Women’s PotY Nadine Kessler needs knee operation, could miss 2015 World Cup

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With the 2015 Women’s World Cup just three months away, Germany have been dealt a bitter blow to their hopes of winning their third World Cup, as 2014 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Nadine Kessler needs an unexpected knee surgery.

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While she will miss the remainder of the current club season for Wolfsburg, a timetable for Kessler’s return to action this summer won’t be known until she undergoes the operation, the ninth such surgery since turning pro at age 17, on March 12.

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The 26-year-old led Germany to victory at the 2013 European Championships, the nation’s sixth-straight continental title, and was due to make her World Cup debut after missing out on the 2011 squad.