Belles return precious to keeper Chloe
Goalkeeper Chloe Precious is continuing a long recovery after her summer return to York City Ladies was heartbreakingly interrupted by a serious pre-season injury.
The highly-rated shot-stopper was around twenty minutes into her Minsterbelles comeback as she typically safely gathered a Newcastle United corner, but then promptly collapsed to the floor in agony having cruelly suffered a torn ACL.
Precious, who had only just returned to the club from Women's Premier League neighbours Bradford City, will now spend the rest of the year battling her way back to maximum fitness so that she may finally resume her playing career.
"Since my operation on the 28th November it's been tough but I am getting there," she explained. "Physio every week at Nuffield and seeing Laura at LAM Sports Therapy has helped so much with my recovery.
"My knee is still hurting a lot. I have my first appointment with my consultant Neil Hunt on the 17th January. So fingers crossed for me! I am keeping positive and cannot wait to be back between the sticks.
"After having a year out after playing at Bradford to concentrate on my studies, I was absolutely raring to go!," Chloe enthused. "My best friends play at York and have supported me playing at Bradford but it was time to go home to York.
"I couldn't commit to a higher league team due to working full-time, part-time studying for my PGCE and doing my UEFA B - it was simply too much. I've always enjoyed playing at York and I said if I didn't sign for them I wouldn't play anymore. I had started snowboarding and golfing!"
Goalkeeper Chloe Precious spent last season with WPL neighbours Bradford City
But after finally completing her ideal move back to Haxby Road over the summer and while eagerly looking forward to the campaign ahead, Precious then lined-up for the Belles' opening pre-season run-out in July, although it was sadly to prove only a very brief return.
"First pre-season game against Newcastle about 20 minutes in I went up to collect a corner and SNAP, I ended up in a pile on the floor," she recalled. "My heart sank! It's the worst feeling in the world.
"I've never really had a super serious injury before apart from an ongoing shoulder one so it hit me hard. I am keen and hopeful to be back playing in December! Long recovery but I'm sure it'll be worth it! I can't wait to run let alone play football with my best mates.
"My family and friends have been super supportive throughout. Unfortunately as a whole team we've been hit badly with injuries this season. It's such a shame as we have a quality line-up! Hopefully next season it will be our season."