The recent knee injury sustained by U.S. soccer star Carli Lloyd is not expected to affect her Olympics availability.
Lloyd suffered a sprained right MCL on Saturday while playing for the Houston Dash in the National Women’s Soccer League. The reigning World Player of the Year is set to miss just three to six weeks.
The diagnosis comes after initial concerns that if the injury were more severe she could have missed the U.S. team’s run for a fourth straight Olympic gold medal in Rio.
“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 in a press release. “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 midfielder is the most experienced U.S. field player at recent major tournaments as she started 23 of the 24 total U.S. matches in the previous two Olympics and two World Cups. In the only game that she didn’t start, Lloyd came off the bench to score the game-winning goal in the 2012 Olympic opener.
The Olympic women’s soccer tournament runs from Aug. 3-19.