Glasgow City head coach Scott Booth has praised Janine van Wyk’s strength of character in recovering from the medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury sustained in a training session back in October 2020.
The Banyana Banyana Captain and Glasgow defender is now ready to compete in the Scottish Women’s Premier League (SWPL) after spending five months on the sidelines.
Although Van Wyk is yet to make an appearance in the SWPL, she has played for the Scottish champions in the quarterfinals of the Uefa Champions League against VfL Wolfsburg last year.
“The whole club was extremely disappointed for Janine when her MCL injury happened. We knew her rehabilitation wouldn’t be quick or easy,” said Glasgow coach, Booth.
“Janine was absolutely gutted as she had started to find her rhythm at Glasgow City. Janine has such a positive mindset and is the ultimate professional. This has been key to her fantastic recovery.
“It goes without saying that Janine is a top footballer. She defends naturally, her individual technique is excellent, as are her communication skills but it’s the football mentality and her personality on and off the pitch that sets her apart.”
Van Wyk will likely take the field for Glasgow in March when the suspended Women’s League resumes. The league was set to restart in early January but due to the Covid-19 numbers continuing to rise in the United Kingdom, the suspension was extended.
“Janine is back in with the ball now and is getting stronger with every session. This has been such a difficult time for everyone but the thought of playing matches again helps keep us going,” added Booth.
“Personally, I can’t wait to see her playing alongside her teammates again, wearing that orange kit and representing Glasgow City.”
The 33-year-old defender has been hard at work to ensure that she is fit and ready to compete when the league resumes, and cannot wait to finally make her SWPL debut:
“I am extremely excited to be back and settled in Scotland and have used this restriction period as an opportunity to get back to full fitness without having to miss any matches,” said the Banyana captain.
“I’m so looking forward to the restart of the league and hoping that I can contribute to another league title for Glasgow City.”
DID YOU KNOW?
Founder of the JVW set-up in South Africa, Van Wyk is the most-capped footballer in South Africa – male or female and the most-capped African woman.
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