Carli Lloyd has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and has been ruled out for the next 3-6 weeks. Lloyd suffered the injury in the 4th minute of action against the NWSL expansion Orlando Pride. Lloyd moved to deflect a ball from a Pride defender and immediately went down clutching her leg. Lloyd came out of the game immediately and did not return to action.
Lloyd underwent an MRI to diagnose the injury and results showed a Grade 1 MCL sprain. Lloyd issue the following statement:
“I would like to thank everyone for their well wishes. Obviously, I’m very disappointed with the injury. I was feeling great and starting to get comfortable with my Dash teammates,” Lloyd said. “The timing is not great but I’m confident that I will come back in peak condition. Rehab starts tomorrow and you’ll see me on the field soon.
The US Women's National Team star midfielder is believed to be at full strength in time for the first Olympic match against New Zealand on August 3rd. The next USWNT matches are a pair of friendlies against rival Japan on June 2nd and June 5th.
Good luck with a speedy but full recovery Carli!