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Super Falcons' Ashleigh Plumptre anticipates return post-surgery

Posted : 22 April 2024

Super Falcons and Al-Ittihad defender, Ashleigh Megan Plumptre, recently underwent a successful surgery on her right foot following an injury sustained last month, marking a significant step in her recovery journey.

Plumptre, who hails from England but represents Nigeria internationally, made the move to Saudi Arabia last summer after Nigeria's exit from the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Despite the disappointment of the tournament, she has made a notable impact at Al-Ittihad, showcasing her versatility as both a central defender and full-back and contributing six goals to her team's tally.

Unfortunately, the 25-year-old encountered a setback when she suffered an injury while playing for her club last month, preventing her from participating in Nigeria's crucial Olympic qualification match against South Africa.

Despite her absence, Coach Randy Waldrum's team managed to secure a 1-0 aggregate victory over South Africa, securing their place in the Paris 2024 Olympics. Placed in Group C alongside Japan, Brazil, and Spain, the Super Falcons are gearing up for a challenging but exciting tournament.

Taking to her social media platform, Plumptre shared the news of her successful surgery and expressed gratitude to everyone who supported her throughout the process. She also conveyed her eagerness to return to full health and rejoin her teammates on the field.

In her post, Plumptre thanked her club, Al-Ittihad, and Dr. Pieter D’Hooge for their assistance during her surgery, emphasizing the long-awaited relief of reaching this stage of her recovery. She also expressed appreciation to her Super Falcons teammates and Nigerian supporters for their patience and understanding during her absence, expressing her determination to return to the pitch as soon as possible.

Several of Plumptre's national teammates, including Rinsola Babajide, Michelle Alozie, Rasheedat Ajibade, Osinachi Ohale, Jennifer Echegine, and Chiamaka Nnadozie, wished her a speedy recovery, highlighting the camaraderie and support within the team.



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