The USWNT easily handled Russia in a couple friendlies recently, even with one of their star forwards, Alex Morgan, still recovering from an ankle injury. Morgan first injured her ankle in an October training camp before a New Zealand friendly. Thinking that it was a typical ankle sprain, the star striker tried to play on it, but soon enough found that it was a much more serious injury. Her bone was actually bruised and regressed to a stress reaction because it wasn’t cared for properly.
In the video interview with US Soccer and an interview with The Bleacher Report, Morgan reveals that she’s off crutches and will have her boot removed in two weeks and another MRI in four weeks. Morgan, who tore her ACL while playing at UC Berkeley, knows the importance of taking the proper steps during the recovery period of an injury. She teamed up with DePuy Mitek Inc. a couple years ago to promote their Sports Injury Prevention Program.
The USWNT head coach Tom Sermanni also recently released the roster for the 2014 Algarve Cup in Portugal without Morgan making the list due to her injury. Some familiar faces made the roster including Tobin Heath, Megan Rapinoe, Abby Wambach, Sydney Leroux and Carli Lloyd. The USWNT won the Championship last year against Germany with Alex Morgan scoring twice in the final game. The team is due to play Japan, Sweden and Denmark in group play starting March 5th.