Jannie ready for SWPL debut
Harare – Banyana Banyana captain and Glasgow City defender Janine van Wyk returned to Scotland this week after undergoing treatment for a recurring knee injury, and is ready to light up the Scotland Women’s Premier League.
While other soccer players lamented how COVID-19 put the Scottish Women’s Premiership on hold, the 33-year older defender made full use of the break to recover and is ready to make her club when action resumes next month.
“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 van Wyk.
Van Wyk has struggled with a knee injury sustained at the 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship before she signed for Glasgow City from Danish side Fortuna Hjorring.
She was to be sidelined for close to seven months before joining Glasgow City in August 2019, playing a single match for the side in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals against VFl Wolfsburg of Germany.
“I’m so looking forward to the restart of the league, and hoping that I can contribute to another league title for Glasgow City,” said the Banyana Banyana skipper.
Glasgow City coach Scott Booth weighed in: “The whole club was extremely disappointed for Janine when her MCL injury happened. We knew her rehabilitation wouldn’t be quick or easy, and Janine was absolutely gutted as she had started to find her rhythm at Glasgow City. Janine has such a positive mind set 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.”
“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. Personally, I can’t wait to see her playing alongside her teammates again, wearing that orange kit and representing Glasgow City FC.”