Surgeries Sideline USWNT Stars Morgan, Leroux

Alex Morgan (13) and Sydney Leroux (2).
Alex Morgan (13) and Sydney Leroux (2).
Alex Morgan (13) and Sydney Leroux (2).

Two stars from the U.S. Women’s National Team will each be sidelined as they recover following surgery.

Forward Alex Morgan had successful arthroscopic surgery on her right knee to remove a plica, which is a small fold in the lining of the knee joint, that was causing her irritation.

The surgery was minor and Morgan should return to action for Portland Thorns FC in 3-4 weeks, according to a statement from U.S. Soccer.

Morgan may be available for the start of USWNT’s post-Women’s World Cup tour that will span 10 matches across the country to celebrate the WNT’s 2015 Women’s World Cup title. The opening match of the tour will take place on Sunday, Aug. 16, against Costa Rica at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

A bone bruise in Morgan’s left knee caused issues leading into the Women’s World Cup, but the injury was successfully managed and resolved over the course of the tournament. Morgan played in all seven games for the USA, logging 434 minutes and started the final five matches.

Morgan now has 91 caps and has scored 52 goals, which puts her in 10th place on the USA’s all-time scoring list, one goal behind Carin Gabarra.

Her U.S. teammate, forward Sydney Leroux, will undergo surgery on her right ankle in Kansas City, Missouri, early next week and will be sidelined for up to three months.

She will miss the remainder of the NWSL season and several matches of the U.S. 10-game post-Women’s World Cup tour.

Leroux has an accessory bone in her right ankle that has been causing pain over the past six months and began to get increasingly irritated during the recent Women’s World Cup tournament. The offending piece of bone will be removed to resolve the issue, according to U.S. Soccer.

Leroux, who has 75 caps and 35 goals for the USA, played in four games at the Women’s World Cup, starting two, and picked up a key assist on Christen Press’ game-winner against Australia in the first group match.