Rapinoe doing well in early stages of rehab on ACL

The Equalizer Staff January 23, 2016 15

Megan Rapinoe’s race to get fit for the Rio 2016 Olympics is going well in the early stages of rehab, the United States women’s national team midfielder said.

Appearing on Fox’s pregame show on Saturday ahead of the U.S.’ match against Ireland, Rapinoe said she is feeling good while rehabbing from a torn ACL which she suffered in training on Dec. 4. The big question: Can she be ready for the Olympics just eight months after tearing her ACL? That’s the goal, but Rapinoe isn’t forcing the issue.

“It is, of course,” Rapinoe said when asked if her goal is to be ready for the Rio 2016 Olympics. “That’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, often times. Before that, though, I want to just be healthy. When I step on the field, I want to be me. And the team needs that player, and not someone who is hesitant. So, when I’m ready to do that, I’ll be back out there and I certainly hope it’s for Rio.”

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Rapinoe is an obvious candidate to make the roster and be a starter if healthy, but the timeline for recovery is tight. Women’s soccer at the Olympics begins on August 3 and team rosters are only 18 players deep, making it even more essential that every player is healthy.

The early signs are that Rapinoe is doing well.

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  • Lorehead

    Best of luck to her. I have every confidence in the up-and-comers, so no pressure.

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  • Movement

    If there is someone on this team that would have had that injury and would be back by the Olympics, it would certainly be Rapinoe. Her FIGHT and CREATIVITY in finding ways to get the most healing % per each day on her recovery progress are what will make the difference for her. I wouldn’t bet against Rapinoe on that.

    • Guest

      Multiple coaches have called her lazy in the past (Pia and her coach at OL). Hopefully that doesn’t set in as rehab progresses. ACL rehab is a marathon, not a sprint and I hope she doesn’t get complacent.

    • Kevin

      I’d put my money on Carli to recover faster.

  • Ima Stickler

    Even if she isn’t rehabbed in time for the Olympics, I sniff a commentator job waiting for her. She’s not only great in front of the camera but it seems like she’s willing to call out weaknesses that maybe some former players shy away from talking about. She has such a great personality I’d almost rather hear her commentate!

    • Steglitz49

      Disney is a set of family values channels, as Miley Cyrus can confirm. HBO might be a better bet.

    • jmclarke

      I agree she makes a great commentator. (Seriously — really great. Don’t blow it and overlook her, big networks.) However, speaking as a fan, it’s too soon. I want Rapinoe on the field, not in chair. Not yet.

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  • Guest

    Being deep at winger and her being out for so long certainly won’t help her case. Even if she’s cleared in time, that’s a long time to make up for when your competition for a spot has been playing the whole time. I’d love to see her in Rio, but her game isn’t where it was before, it’s too big a risk with such a small roster.

    • Ima Stickler

      You’re thinking like a rational human being. We all know that’s not how the powers that be make decisions when it comes to roster spots. I wouldn’t be too surprised if Jill reserves a place for her in hopes of her contributing in small increments. But who knows, maybe Jill’s stroking the ego of one her other Pac-12 alumni.

      • Guest

        A year ago I would have agreed, but even when she was healthy Jill didn’t play Leroux much and she’s one of her UCLA babies.

    • Kevin

      Even if she’s 100%, she’s going to lose the chemistry.

  • Cc W

    It seemed to me in that interview that Pinoe realizes that it will be tough for her to be 100% by the Olympics. It is a great goal, but it isn’t just the healing, but the conditioning and with the smaller squad, Pinoe might not be ready.