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Megan Rapinoe Injury: Updates on USWNT Star's Knee and Recovery

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2015

Oct 25, 2015; Orlando, FL, USA; United States midfielder Megan Rapinoe (15) against the Brazil during the second half of an exhibition match in the women's soccer post World Cup tour at Citrus Bowl. United States defeated Brazil 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The United States women's national team received some tough news about one of its top midfielders Saturday, a day after Megan Rapinoe suffered a serious injury

Continue for updates.


Rapinoe Has Torn ACL

Saturday, Dec. 5

On Saturday, the United States women's national team announced Rapinoe's right knee injury was in fact a torn ACL. 

A timetable for a possible return has yet to be disclosed. However, according to Nicholas Mendola of NBCSports.com, Rapinoe could miss the entire NWSL season with the Seattle Reign along with the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Rapinoe sustained the injury while training with the national team Friday in Honolulu, Hawaii, just two days before its Victory Tour match against Trinidad and Tobago. 

The 30-year-old, who was a part of the Americans' World Cup-winning team in 2015, released a statement through the national team:

I want to thank my teammates and the staff for the amazing support I've received so far. I know I'll be in the best of hands moving forward and I'll be doing everything I can to get healthy as soon as possible. This is obviously a very difficult time, but I do feel super confident in my recovery as I've gone through this before and I know what the process will be like. I want everyone to know that I'll be fine, and that I'm currently accepting any recommendations for TV shows to binge watch and great restaurants that deliver in Seattle. I'm also going to get really good at FIFA 16

Rapinoe has suffered this injury before, including twice to her left knee while she was in college at Portland. She has appeared in 113 games for the U.S. national team, recording 31 goals. 

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The United States, however, has a plethora of talented midfielders who could help fill her shoes: World Cup Final hat-trick hero Carli Lloyd, Morgan Brian, Tobin Heath and Heather O'Reilly. 

Stats courtesy of USSoccer.com.

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