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Arsenal issue Frida Maanum medical update after collapse in Conti Cup final

Tests carried out on Frida Maanum have revealed ‘no obvious cardiac causes’ behind her collapse during Sunday’s Conti Cup final, Arsenal have announced.

Maanum worryingly fell to the ground with no one around her towards the end of the regulation 90 minutes of an eventual 1-0 win against Chelsea at Molineux. Medical staff from both clubs tended to her for an extended period before she was removed from the pitch, with the Gunners confirming before the end of the game that she was stable and conscious.

In a statement on Thursday, Arsenal explained Maanum will undergo further testing to determine any timeline over a return to playing, ruling her out of Norway’s upcoming Euro 2025 qualifiers.

“Following the incident during The FA Women’s Continental League Cup Final on Sunday, which resulted in Maanum being substituted at the end of normal time, she has undergone extensive testing and support from our medical team at Arsenal,” a club statement read.

Frida Maanum, Erin Cuthbert, Maren Mjelde

Maanum was one of Arsenal’s better performers before having to be substituted towards the end of normal time / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

“The test results have been reviewed by two leading cardiologists and there are no obvious cardiac causes found from these thorough investigations so far.

“Frida has subsequently had a monitoring device fitted to record her heart function and will now undergo a progressive return to training protocol. Once Frida has been monitored for a full one-week period, her normal training will be closely reviewed and monitored, before a decision will be made on her returning to play.

“Due to her continued progression and assessment at Arsenal, Frida will not be joining up with the Norway national team for their forthcoming European Championship qualifiers against Finland and the Netherlands.”


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