Carli Lloyd Injury: Updates on USWNT Star's Knee and Recovery

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

CHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA - APRIL 10: Carli Lloyd #10 of the United States controls the ball against Colombia at Talen Energy Stadium on April 10, 2016 in Chester, Pennsylvania. The United States defeated Colombia 3-0. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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United States international and Houston Dash superstar Carli Lloyd has a Grade 1 MCL strain, Houston confirmed in a press release (via Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly.com) on April 25.

Continue for updates.


Lloyd Comments on Recovery

Tuesday, May 17

The Houston Dash passed along the latest from Lloyd on her recovery:

"I would like to thank everyone for their well wishes. Obviously, I’m very disappointed with the injury. I was feeling great and starting to get comfortable with my Dash teammates," Lloyd said on April 25, per the press release (via Tannenwald).

"The timing is not great, but I’m confident that I will come back in peak condition. Rehab starts tomorrow, and you’ll see me on the field soon."

Along with Lloyd's MCL strain, Dan Lauletta of EqualizerSoccer.com reported: "I'm told there is also some stretching of Carli Lloyd's distal hamstring."


Lloyd Injury a Massive Blow to USWNT 

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James Galanis, the director of the Universal Soccer Academy, tried to look on the bright side following news of the injury:

Indeed, not having Lloyd for the Olympics would be a gigantic blow to the U.S. Women's National Team's chances at earning a gold medal. Lloyd was spectacular at the 2015 World Cup, accumulating six goals and an assist in seven games, including a hat trick within the first 16 minutes during the country's title-winning match against Japan.

She was named the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year in January. 

While the USWNT will be sighing a breath of relief that the injury isn't more serious, the Dash are losing their top playmaker and talent. Managing director Brian Ching professed faith in the club on Monday, however.

"We wish Carli the best as she recovers from this injury," he said in the team's release. "We have built a deep squad this season. There has been a lot of competition for playing time, and with the recent injuries, it is a great opportunity for other players to step in and get minutes this Friday against Sky Blue FC."

After two games, the Dash are fifth in the NWSL standings with three points.

 

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