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Leroux wearing protective boot as precaution

Sydney Leroux said on Sunday that she has been wearing a protective boot on her right foot as a precaution after a “really freak accident” in U.S. women’s national team training camp in January that affected her accessory bone.

“I wear the boot as a precaution to keep my foot in place,” Leroux told Dallas radio show ESPN Soccer Today in an interview that aired Sunday. Leroux was in the boot on Saturday in Frisco, Texas, to watch FC Dallas play Sporting Kansas City. Leroux’s new husband, Dom Dwyer, plays for Sporting KC.

Leroux missed February games against France and England and played sparingly at the Algarve Cup this month, logging 40 minutes across three matches.

Leroux distinctly said that the U.S. women are not viewing their Algarve Cup triumph as a confidence boost.

“It wasn’t a big thing for us,” Leroux said of beating France 2-0 in the Algarve Cup final. “I think our focus is so much in two and half months rather than right now. Obviously we are going through the motions right now and figuring things out, but for the most part we know that in two and a half month’s time, we’ll be ready.”

The 24-year-old striker said in reference to the Feb. 8 loss to France that the U.S. women are “rolling with the punches.”

Next up is a home match on April 4 against New Zealand in St. Louis, Mo. Over 30,000 tickets have been sold.

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