The next couple of weeks will include some walking on eggshells in regards to United States national team players avoiding injuries in their National Women’s Soccer League matches.
Washington Spirit defender Ali Krieger only made it 17 minutes into the new season last week before suffering a scary concussion. She will miss Saturday’s game against FC Kansas City as she tries to recover.
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Also popping up on this week’s injury list is U.S. forward Alex Morgan, who is listed as questionable but sounds doubtful for Portland Thorns FC against the Western New York Flash. Morgan has a left knee contusion that Paul Riley says Morgan picked up with the national team.
“I just knocked my knee bone and it has been lingering for a little bit and I don’t want it to linger any longer,” Morgan told The Oregonian. “Regardless of whether it’s a World Cup year or not, I need to take this rest for a couple of days and we’ll see how it feels in a couple of days. I don’t think that I will be playing, but, again, I have to talk to the doctors and see how it feels.”
Rachel Van Hollebeke, who this week was told she won’t be going to the World Cup, is out for the Thorns after straining her left hamstring in practice.
Two other U.S. players are on the injury list for this weekend: FC Kansas City’s Lauren Holiday is probable with a right heel contusion and Sky Blue FC’s Christie Rampone is questionable with a left knee MCL sprain.
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