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'Leah Williamson bought me a karaoke machine!' - Arsenal star Beth Mead explains how gift from Lionesses team-mate helped her get through ACL injury rehab which involved 'learning to walk again'

  • Mead tears ACL
  • Williamson buys karaoke machine for her
  • Mead opens up on recovery from injury

WHAT HAPPENED? The 28-year-old has revealed she received a karaoke machine from Williamson, with the squad now keeping it within physio room at the club even after her return from injury.

WHAT THEY SAID: “Leah bought a karaoke machine for my birthday,” Mead told the Evening Standard.

“I think the day we got it, me and Kim Little were singing a Backstreet Boys number. We have kept it in the physio room since.

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“Little wins and enjoying moments with people is what gets you through, and what keeps you motivated to keep going and pushing on after a tough day. If you are having a bad day, these are the moments and the people you need around you."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Mead ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament during a clash against Manchester United last November, which led to her missing out on England's route to the World Cup final this summer.

Speaking on the debilitating injury, Mead added: “My injury came at a horrible time. Personally and physically I have been through a lot in my life recently, so it has been a tough process. 

“It’s a tough road, it’s a rollercoaster injury. Basically, you start off learning to walk again. It isn’t always smooth sailing, to say the least, and it is a long mental and physical injury."

Mead has since made her return to the pitch following her injury, after setting up Alessia Russo for the winner against Aston Villa last weekend.


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WHAT NEXT FOR MEAD? Mead and her Arsenal teammates will now travel to bottom of the league Bristol City this weekend, as they look to close the three-point gap on leaders Manchester City.