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Alex Morgan diagnosed with left MCL sprain

Alex Morgan was stretchered off less than 10 minutes into Wednesday's game. (Photo Copyright Linehan Photography for The Equalizer)

Update, August 8, 4:55 PM EST: Alex Morgan has been diagnosed with a mild MCL sprain in her left knee, following MRI results, Portland Thorns FC confirmed. No ligaments were torn. She is expected to miss between 2-4 weeks.

“It’s a relief that there is no significant damage to my knee. I will do everything in my power between now and Aug. 24 in order to be available for the playoffs and to win the championship,” Morgan said.

Portland Timbers Director of Medicine Dr. Richard Edelson at Sports Medicine Oregon in Tigard, Ore., confirmed the diagnosis on Thursday afternoon.

It is a grade 1+ MCL sprain in her left knee after MRI results, sources tell Richard Farley.

The Thorns FC forward was stretchered off the field with a knee injury six minutes into Portland’s 2-1 loss to Boston on Wednesday.

The Portland Thorns forward went down after a collision with Breakers defender and former teammate Jazmyne Avant.

After six minutes on the ground, Morgan was stretchered off the turf at Dilboy Stadium and noticeably upset. The U.S. international was checked out by trainers on the sideline before being taken to the training room at Dilboy Stadium. Morgan emerged from the trainer’s room at halftime in a full leg brace but without crutches, according to our Meg Linehan, who was at the match.

Morgan also took to Twitter after the game, staying optimistic:

On Thursday, she tweeted further optimism:

Morgan leads Portland with eight goals this season. She also has tallied five assists.

The Breakers beat Portland on a late goal, but were still eliminated from the playoffs due to other results.


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