Fractured foot fails to stop DMU student joining up with British Virgin Islands national team for World Cup bid

By Azim Saiyed

A journalism student went back home last week to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) national football team so she could feature in the upcoming CONCACAF qualifying fixtures despite still recovering from a fractured foot. 

Hopeful: Liv Messum

Liv Messum, 21, said: “I was devastated to find out I could potentially miss out on the fixtures because of my injured foot. 

“It has always been my dream to play in the Women’s World Cup for my country and one day I hope to lift the trophy.” 

The BVI national women’s team will play against Cuba on Saturday(February 19) and then will play Honduras the following Tuesday(February 22) in order to qualify for the CONCACAF women’s championship. 

Liv picked up an injury in December when training with the DMU women’s football team. 

She accidentally slipped on the wet turf and twisted her ankle. Scans showed it was fractured and doctors estimated that she would be out for at least ten weeks. 

She said: “I wasn’t going to let a small foot injury hold me back so I was determined to make a fast comeback.” 

Her cast was taken off in early February which meant that she could start her rehab and slowly begin physiotherapy sessions. 

The second-year journalism student aims to regain match fitness and can be in contention for the away game against Honduras. 

If you would like more information on the team news or fixtures, please visit: 

SOCCER STARS: The BVI women’s football team.
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