Trine Rønning very nearly missed out on UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ after the recurrence of a knee injury on 6 August yet just under a month later she was at the heart of Norway's defence in their 3-1 quarter-final defeat of Sweden, celebrating her 100th cap.
The versatile 27-year-old Stabæk FK player, also able to fill a midfield role, has had a problem with her knee all year and when she broke down in training just 18 days before their opening game against Germany, it was open to question whether she could play a part in Finland. As it is, she has not missed a minute of Norway's campaign and is set to face Germany for the second time here on Monday at the scene of their win against Sweden, the Helsinki Football Stadium, aiming to reverse a 4-0 loss to the holders in their Group B opener.
Norway coach Bjarne Berntsen hailed Rønning's desire after the Sweden game as she celebrated completing her century of international appearances. "You can't ask for more from a defender who has such enormous knee problems that she cannot train between matches," Berntsen said. "She can only play the matches with a lot of pain. She does it and I'm very, very proud of the way she played with so little training."
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