Megan Rapinoe, Seattle Reign FC forward and U.S. Women’s National team star, will be out five weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in her left knee. The announcement was made by the NWSL’s Seattle Reign.
“Megan first reported knee soreness after the U.S. Women’s National Team match against Japan on August 3rd,” said a team official, according to The Bold. “After investigation and consultation, it was determined that arthroscopic surgery was the best course of action.”
Losing Rapinoe is a huge blow to the Reign. The forward leads the league in goals with 12 and has played in all 15 of their matches this season. The Reign are in a tight race for the last playoff spot in the NWSL, so the injury couldn’t have come at a worse time. If Rapinoe’s recovery goes as expected, she could return for the last two games of the regular season. She shouldn’t miss time with the USWNT as they are not scheduled to play until September.
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This is not the first knee issue for Rapinoe. In 2015, she tore the ACL in her right knee.