Alex Morgan out 3-4 weeks after ‘minor’ knee surgery

Alex Morgan vs. Colombia, June 22, 2015. (Erich Schlegel/USA Today Sports)

Alex Morgan vs. Colombia, June 22, 2015. (Erich Schlegel/USA Today Sports)

For fans of the U.S. women’s team, is there really such a thing as “minor” knee surgery for Alex Morgan?

U.S. Soccer says an arthroscopic procedure five days ago to remove a “plica,” a small fold in the lining of  Morgan’s right knee, was routine. The fold was causing her irritation, the federation said.

Her club team, the Portland Thorns, will be without Morgan’s services for three to four weeks.

The oft-injured star “may” be ready for the Aug. 16 start of the U.S. team’s 10-city victory tour. The opening match is against Costa Rica at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. More than 36,000 tickets have been sold.

The game, at 12:30 p.m. CT, will be on Fox Sports 1.

The same two teams will meet three days later in at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn. That game is sold out.

It will be on ESPN2. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. CT.

Two other matches have been announced:

Team USA will play back-to-back games against Australia at 6 p.m. CT on Sept. 17, at Ford Field in Detroit (Fox Sports 1); and at 12:30 p.m. CT on Sept. 20 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. (ESPN2).

 

 

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