By Annie Ross
South Jersey soccer superstar Carli Lloyd has dodged a bullet.
From Lloyd, to her MLS team, the Houston Dynamo, to the Olympic Women’s team, to fans in Lloyd’s home state, it was easy to start wondering if this summer’s games would be impacted by a knee injury suffered on Saturday night.
Luckily, it looks like a major U.S. Soccer crisis was averted.
According to the Dynamo’s team website, Lloyd suffered a Grade 1 MCL sprain and is likely out 3-to-6 weeks. While the back end of that time frame would push Lloyd away from the soccer field until early June, it should be plenty of time to get ready for this summer’s Olympic games in Rio—barring a setback or re-occurrence.
“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.”
Lloyd is part of a star-studded Olympic roster for the U.S. women’s national team that includes Alex Morgan and Hope Solo. Lloyd is the co-captain of the team.