Logarzo using ACL injury as fuel to her fire

CommBank Matildas fans would remember the 53rd minute of Australia's friendly against Ireland on September 22, 2021, when Chloe Logarzo went down clutching her knee.

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Logarzo was helped off the pitch, a rare occurrence for the supercharged midfielder, but it would be the last game she'd play in 2021. 

Not long after, Logarzo got the news that no footballer wants to hear. She'd torn her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

Reflecting on the event three months later, Chloe says she knew instantly what had happened.

"I felt like I dislocated my knee when I rolled over. I knew it didn't feel right and that I'd probably done my ACL," she said.

Athletes and sports fans alike know that the dreaded ACL injury requires a grueling 12-month recovery, most of the time involving surgery and all of the time involving daily rehab.

Logarzo was no exception, she went under the knife in November to begin the long process, but there was one difference that would come as no surprise to CommBank Matildas fans. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, the tenacious 27-year-old chose to see the injury as an opportunity.

"I believe everything happens for a reason and I truly buy into trusting the process," Logarzo said. 

"Not many athletes get this amount of time to reflect on themselves and work on the things they want to work on.

"With the lead-up to the 2023 World Cup on home soil, I've been given an opportunity to focus on what I need to do, to be the best I can be for the team when I return. Improving one day at a time and taking small wins that will hopefully take me to that end result."

Logarzo considers herself in great company, crediting her teammates and the way they've handled their injuries and setbacks, for her own positive outlook.

"I'm inspired by so many," she said. 

"Amy Harrison, Elise Kellond-Knight, Lydia Williams, Kyah Simon, Emma Checker. The list could go on, but the main thing is that I’m surrounded by people who have emerged from their injuries and shown me that it’s possible, through hard work and persistence."

In true form, Logarzo brings it all back to the positives, one of which is being able to spend time with her fiancée McKenzie Berryhill and her family.

"I'm blessed to have been able to do rehab in Arizona where McKenzie and her family live, it gives me this time with my future family that I wouldn’t have been able to have and for that I’m grateful," Logarzo said.

"On the other hand, I have also been keeping busy by renovating Kenny’s room, it’s the only thing keeping me sane," she laughed.

When it comes to her rehab, there is still a long way to go and mountains to climb before fans see her back on the pitch.

"Working on extension and flexion has to be the most uncomfortable part of rehab, but I’m impressed with my willingness to be uncomfortable all the time and to put my body and knee through discomfort (in the best way). It’s definitely a hard mental battle every day," she explained.

"I’m unsure when my return will be, whether it’s in 9-12 months but I do know that I’m making really good progress and I'm determined to get back in the green and gold.

"This injury definitely gives me perspective on life and football. It has reminded me that we don’t get to live our dream forever and empowers me to be present."