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Wambach to start non-contact drills, could return to Flash in two weeks

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — After spraining her LCL in her left knee on May 31st during a match against the Houston Dash, Abby Wambach announced Saturday that she is back with the Western New York Flash for the rest of the season. Though unsure of the exact return date to the pitch, Wambach said two weeks is a possibility.

“I feel healthy, I feel fit and I’m excited to get back on the field with my team,” she said following the Flash’s 1-0 loss to the Washington Spirit on Saturday.

Wambach said her knee has responded very well to physical therapy and rehab. She had a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection last week and her doctors and physical therapists in Portland are happy with the progress of her knee. She has been in Portland, where she owns a home, since after the U.S. national team finished a two-game set against France in the middle of June.

“At this point, our national team physical therapists are going to be on the road with me until I’m full-go on the field,” Wambach said. “Basically I have to get back into soccer fitness shape and as of right now I’ll be doing soccer drills non-contact.”

Following Saturday’s loss and Chicago’s win over Seattle, the Flash are currently fifth in the NWSL, outside of playoff positioning.


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