Atlanta Beat Midfielder Tobin Heath Out Four to Six Weeks with Ankle Sprain

Lauren Green@lgreenWPSoccerCorrespondent IApril 28, 2010

Atlanta Beat midfielder Tobin Heath is expected to miss four to six weeks after suffering a right ankle sprain in Saturday’s match vs. FC Gold Pride.  Heath suffered the injury in the 18th minute of play after she appeared to stretch awkwardly for the ball.  She was carted off the field and left the stadium on crutches.

“All tests came back negative on ligament damage, and we are happy to report that she does not have a broken ankle,” said Atlanta Beat general manager Shawn McGee. “Recovery time should be anywhere from four to six weeks.”

Heath, who was the No. 1 overall pick in January’s WPS draft, started all three games this season after missing the majority of preseason due to illness.

“Tobin has a tremendous demeanor,” said head coach Gareth O’Sullivan. “She is a very positive character with a great personality. We know she is going to bounce back very quickly from this, and we look forward to a speedy recovery.”

This article was excerpted from the release on the Atlanta Beat website ( ) by Lauren Green.  Green is a freelance writer who covers the Atlanta Beat for Bleacher Report.  She can be contacted for comment or hire at .

Photo courtesy of the Atlanta Beat.