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Nora Mørk: out for at least six months

The Norwegian star torn her ACL on Monday night and will sidelined from the courts for at least six months. Spanish international Mireya González has joined Győr on a loan from ÉRD, until the end of the season.

Nora Mørk is facing yet another tough chapter in her career. On Monday’s match against Nykøbyng Falster for Champions League’s main round (Győr won 32-23), the all-star of the past World Championship in Germany had a weird landing after shooting into goal on a fast break and she did not stand up. While in tears, she punched the floor in clear sign of pain while looking at her legs after having scored her 8th goal (she would finish as top scorer along with Nycke Groot).

Official reports from Győri Audi ETO KC’s medical team confirmed that the 26-year-old Norwegian star torn the anterior cruciate ligament on her right knee, and will be out of the courts for at least six months, according to words from the club’s press spokesman, Szabó Tamás, to Norwegian site VG. Mørk, who was taken out of the court on a stretcher, published on her Instagram account that the surgery is set to take place today.

The current European champions, who are suffering from the injuries of Brazilian left back Eduarda Amorim (a fracture on her right hand) and the German line player Anja Althaus (torn collateral ligament on her right knee), moved fast to make up for yet another loss in the squad and announced the signing of Spanish right back Mireya González, who arrived on a loan from the Hungarian ÉRD.

The 26-year-old player will not be able to play on the Champions League matches until the competition reaches the quarter-final stage (if the team qualifies for said stage), however, she will be available for the upcoming Hungarian League match against Debrecen next Wednesday. According to statements on Győr’s official website, Rorbert Tekauer, president of Érd, admitted that they had to make a difficult decision: “It was a tough decision for us, which we had to take quickly because the situation in question required it. We hope that we can help Győr achieve their goals, to enter into the Final4 in Budapest and that they’re able to conquer the EHFCL trophy this year.”

Mørk’s injury came a day before the IHF released the list of players nominated for the World Player of the Year Award 2017, in which she’s been shortlisted alongside club teammates Nycke Groot and Stine Oftedal; Cristina Neagu and Isabelle Gulldén.

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