Belles suffer injury curse

Doncaster Belles Boss John Buckley
Doncaster Belles Boss John Buckley

JOHN Buckley’s injury nightmare at Doncaster Belles has struck for the third time in as many years after another new signing was sidelined, writes Hayley Paterson.

Canadian international midfielder Selenia Iacchelli had agreed a switch to Doncaster - however a broken arm has put the move on hold.

The 26-year-old midfielder’s setback echoes the ‘injury curse’ that has plagued Buckley’s previous pre-season preparations.

Blackburn’s Katie Anderton signed for the Belles in 2010 but failed to feature because of anterior cruciate ligament damage, while star capture Sue Smith suffered a career-threatening injury after playing just half an hour for the Doncaster club last March.

However, Nebraska and Vancouver ace Iacchelli could be available for the Belles when the Women’s Super League restarts in August.

“It’s so disappointing, Selenia would’ve been a massive boost to the club,” said Buckley.

“I know a lot about her and was looking forward to working with her so it’s a major set-back.

“She did it in training and it’s badly broken so will take time to heal but we’ve just got to focus on Selenia being available when the league restarts.

“It’s hard to take in because it’s happened to me three times now.”

The Belles launch their season at home to Bristol Academy in the FA Women’s Cup fifth round on Sunday, March 17.

That game is followed by a Continental Cup tie at home to Chelsea six days later before the Belles start their FA Women’s Super League campaign at Everton on April 14.

Buckley added: “Preparations have been going really well.

“We’ve got a few things to work on but there have been some good signs in the games we’ve played.”