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Morgan participates in US’ first practice in Canada

150213_Alex-MorganAlex Morgan participated in the United States’ first training session in Canada on Wednesday. Morgan “appeared agile,” according to the Associated Press’ Anne M. Peterson.

Morgan has not played a competitive match for club or country since April 11 due to a left knee contusion. U.S. coach Jill Ellis said on Saturday that Morgan’s minutes would be limited to start the World Cup due to the amount of time the U.S. striker has missed. The U.S. opens the World Cup on Monday against Australia in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

“In terms of Alex, we’re building her,” Ellis said on Saturday. “Realistically, she’s been out for a while, so in terms of minutes, I think that is something we’re going to have to build through the early games.”

Morgan has 51 goals in 84 appearances to date for the United States.

Ellis told the Peterson on Wednesday that she is “very pleased with the progress” of Morgan. The 25-year-old striker participated in the start of practice last Friday and did some of the warmups with the team before Saturday’s match.

Midfielder Megan Rapinoe also returned to training following slight quadriceps injury that held her out of Saturday’s 0-0 friendly draw with Korea Republic.

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