Flash’s Lianne Sanderson to miss the rest of the 2016 season

Lianne Sanderson will miss the remainder of the Western New York Flash’s season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee.

Sanderson suffered the injury early in the first half of a friendly against the Thailand women’s national team on Sept. 17. She started eight matches for the Flash after being acquired in a trade with the Orlando Pride on June 21. She has made nine total appearances and tallied three goals.

“It’s a bitter blow to the team, Lianne, and the whole organization,” Flash head coach Paul Riley said. “She is not only a huge asset on the field, but a massive part of our locker room and team character. The most important thing is getting Lianne healthy and back playing. She is a true lover of football and I know she will do everything possible to return to playing in the shortest and safest time, and we will be with her every step of the way.”

The Western New York Flash concludes the regular season when they take on the Boston Breakers. The Flash currently sit in fourth place and have a chance to seal a place in the postseason.

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