US women’s national team midfielder Megan Rapinoe has a strained ligament in her right knee and will miss the remainder of the USWNT’s current January training camp.
With more than five months remaining until the start of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, Rapinoe is in no danger of missing this year’s tournament as she’s only expected to be sidelined for a “couple” or “several” weeks at this point, according to a statement by U.S. Soccer on Monday. The injury does, however, come at an unfortunate time as Jill Ellis’s side has struggled of late and would benefit from every second of full-squad availability before June 8 arrives.
The USWNT’s next games are scheduled for Feb. 8 against France, in Lorient (noon ET), and Feb. 13 against England, in Milton Keynes (3 pm ET). Realistically, Rapinoe will rehab her knee and recover between now and the two February friendlies where she’ll rejoin training sessions on a limited basis and sit out the games against France and England.
No further friendlies have been schedule ahead of the USWNT’s debut at this summer’s World Cup in Canada, where the Americans (No. 2 FIFA ranked) have been drawn into the “Group of Death” alongside Australia (No. 10), Sweden (No. 5) and Nigeria (No. 32).