Sophie Molineux's heartbreaking World Cup reality after cruel twist

Sophie Molineux (pictured) tore her ACL and will now miss the upcoming World Cup, to extend her horror run of injury since the T20 World Cup in Australia (pictured left). (Getty Images)
Sophie Molineux (pictured) tore her ACL and will now miss the upcoming World Cup, to extend her horror run of injury since the T20 World Cup in Australia (pictured left). (Getty Images)

Aussie cricket star Sophie Molineux has yet again suffered a cruel injury that is set to rule her out of the World Cup next year for the women's national team.

Molineux was aiming to break back into the Aussie set up after a horror run of injuries.

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However, the comeback will have to be suspended after she tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee.

Molineux suffered the injury while bowling the final over in the Melbourne Renegades' five-wicket WBBL loss to the Melbourne Stars on Sunday.

The star bowler buckled on her knee and was in clear distress.

The brutal injury could see Molineux miss 12 months of cricket, but there isn't a definitive timeline.

Molineux's latest injury is just a series of brutal setbacks that has disrupted her run in the Australian team.

A foot stress fracture suffered at the tail-end of last summer's WBBL campaign resulted in Moineux missing the multi-format Ashes and the one-day World Cup.

She also missed the Commonwealth Games gold medal.

Her recent return to cricket lasted just a matter of months, with Molineux now set to miss the series against India and Pakistan, as well as the T20 World Cup in South Africa in February.

Fortunately, the 24-year-old was able to feature in the home T20 World Cup in 2020, which saw her appear on stage with Katy Perry in the joyous celebrations.

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The Melbourne Renegades were quick to throw their support behind Molineux after her latest setback.

"Our thoughts are with Sophie, and we will do everything we can to support her now and through her recovery period," Renegades general manager, James Rosengarten, said.

"Sophie had put in a power of work over the winter to return from her foot injury and has been a fantastic leader for our team this season.

"We know Sophie will bounce back from this latest setback and we'll be there with her every step of the way."

Others also wished Molineux a speedy recovery.

The injury is a big blow to Australia's depth, with the national side losing vice-captain Rachael Haynes to retirement and captain Meg Lanning to personal leave.

In the same 24 hours, fellow Victorian Glenn Maxwell suffered a fractured leg during a 50th birthday celebration.

The 34-year-old fractured his left fibula during a backyard party in Melbourne on Saturday and underwent surgery on Sunday.

He will be sidelined for an extended period, between eight and 12 weeks, and will likely be ruled out of the four-Test series in India in February and March.

with AAP

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