The Seattle Reign announced today that star forward Megan Rapinoe had undergone arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in her left knee and is expected to be out five weeks for recovery.
“Megan first reported knee soreness after the U.S. Women’s National Team match against Japan on August 3,” Reign FC director of high performance Nick Leman said in an official team statement. “After investigation and consultation, it was determined that arthroscopic surgery was the best course of action.”
Rapinoe’s absence will sorely be missed by the Reign as they continue fighting for a playoff spot. She has started in all 15 matches for the club this season and currently leads the NWSL in scoring with 12 goals, including a hat trick she scored in a last-minute, 5-4 win to prevent a Sky Blue comeback. For her performance with Seattle, she was named July Player of the Month and won Player of the Week honors for Weeks 11 and 14.
Her stellar 2017 campaign is even more impressive considering Rapinoe was left off the SheBelieves Cup roster earlier this year, reportedly because USWNT head coach Jill Ellis did not feel she was back up to international match fitness following her right ACL tear in December 2015.
The timing of her injury and recovery means she may also be unavailable for the USWNT’s pair of friendlies against New Zealand, scheduled for September 15 and 19. She was arguably the most important player for the USWNT during the Tournament of Nations, scoring multiple goals and creating numerous opportunities on goal for her teammates. She was the US’s best player on the field against Australia and was instrumental in their 4-3 comeback win over Brazil.