Slowly but surely, Carli Lloyd says, knee is coming along

Carli Lloyd on the bench and on ice after leaving a Houston Dash game early in the first half with a knee injury on April 23, 2016. Houston beat the Orlando Pride 3-1 at the Citrus Bowl. (Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

Carli Lloyd ices her knee on the Houston Dash bench,  April 23, 2016. (Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

Carli Lloyd says her injured knee is healing on schedule, though she’s still experiencing some pain and is only now beginning to run again.

“It’s going well,” she says on an ESPN podcast that came out on Thursday (May 19.) “You know, it’s a slow process. … I just have to kind of take my time.

“It’s little baby steps. Like, walking up stairs, the pain is lessening. Or getting into my car, the pain is lessening.”

Lloyd sprained her right knee on April 23 while playing for her club team, the Houston Dash.

The ESPN podcast was made to coincide with the publication of this profile of Lloyd in the new issue of ESPN The Magazine.

In the podcast, she says she’s been running in water and expects to start jogging “in the next week or so.”

The initial prognosis was that she’d miss three to six weeks and be fully healed in time for this summer’s Olympic Games, which begin Aug. 5.

That’s still the plan, she says.

“I’ll be ready. I’ll be good to go.”

 

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