Arsenal’s Viktoria Schnaderbeck has been named Austrian Player of the Year despite missing a large part of the season with a knee injury.

Austria's defender Viktoria Schnaderbeck looks on during press conference during the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 football tournament in Breda on August 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ
Austria’s defender Viktoria Schnaderbeck looks on during press conference during the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 football tournament in Breda on August 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ

Schnaderbeck joined Arsenal last summer from Bayern Munich but picked up a knee injury in August. She only returned to action in the 4-0 win over Bristol City last Thursday.

Arsenal never mentioned what her injury was but we’ve now learned that it was a problem with the cartilage in her knee that was causing her problems.

“Thank you for the award,” Viki said when picking up this latest award in Vienna-Studio 44. “I am glad, that I may enjoy this Moment in the circle of my family and closest friends.

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“As I sat at home with 4: 0 against Bristol in the bank, it was great to be in the team.

“Crown”- Managing Director, Mag. Gerhard Valeskini woth Viktoria schnaderbeck. The ÖFB team captain, celebrated her title defence in the circles of the family ( li.).

“I’m still not at 100 percent. But it runs very, very positive.“

Schnaderbeck started the Arsenal game on the bench where she remained for the full 90.