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Tobin Heath’s right foot injury still healing

Tobin Heath hasn't played since the NWSL final on August 31 due to a right foot injury. (Photo Copyright Meg Linehan for The Equalizer)

U.S. midfielder Tobin Heath hasn’t played a competitive match since hitting the game-winning goal in Portland Thorns FC’s NWSL final win over the Western New York Flash on August 31.

She didn’t train the entire week before the final due to what Portland would only call a “sore right foot.” That sore right foot hit a spectacular dead ball to score in the final, but Heath had a walking boot on not long after the game. She flew to Paris the next day to join Paris Saint-Germain.

Heath was in PSG’s 18 for Sunday’s 0-3 loss to Lyon, but still did not play. A U.S. Soccer spokesperson says Heath has begun training and “is progressing well, but she has a ways to go.”

U.S. coach Tom Sermanni called in Heath for the upcoming October matches vs. Australia and New Zealand (twice), which will allow the U.S. Soccer training staff to see her in person. The staff has been in touch with Heath “regularly.”

The injury remains vaguely defined as a right foot issue, but what is clear is that it will take time to heal.


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