Tobin Heath has been ruled out of the United States’ matches against Canada this weekend as she continues to recover from an ankle injury. Heath trained two days with the team before the decision was made to shut her down. The 2016 US Soccer Player of the Year was originally injured in the closing minutes of last month’s NWSL Championship. Her Thorns won the game, 1-0 over the Courage.
Heath will not be replaced on the roster, leaving Jill Ellis with 22 players, from whom she will choose 18 for each of the matches. The teams will play Thursday night in Vancouver and Sunday in San Jose.
The ankle injury is the latest injury twist in a difficult year for Heath. She hurt her back during the SheBelieves Cup and missed six months before finally making her first appearance of the NWSL season in September. Ruling her out for the Canada friendlies effectively ends Heath’s season. The next time the USWNT is scheduled to meet is for the annual January camp in California.