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Lloyd breaks bone in shoulder, out 6-8 weeks

Carli Lloyd is out 6-8 weeks with a broken bone in her shoulder. (Photo copyright Andrew Berkley for EqualizerSoccer.com)

United States women’s national team midfielder Carli Lloyd is sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks with a broken bone in her shoulder. She will miss the beginning of the Western New York Flash’s season in the National Women’s Soccer League.

Lloyd suffered a non-displaced greater tuberosity fracture of the left shoulder during the USA’s opening match of the 2013 Algarve Cup in Portugal, a 3-0 win over Iceland. An MRI revealed the break, which will not need surgery.

“Although it’s an unfortunate circumstance, I’ve been through injuries before and have come back even stronger,” Lloyd said in a statement from US Soccer. “I’m disappointed that I’ll be missing some national team events and some league games, but as soon as my shoulder allows, I’ll be back and ready to compete.”

Jill Loyden broke a bone in her left hand during Algarve Cup training last week, the same day Hope Solo had surgery on her left wrist.

The US women won Group B at the Algarve Cup and will play Group A champion Germany in the Algarve Cup Final on March 13 with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. ET at Estadio Algarve in Faro, Portugal.

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