Carli Lloyd‘s knee injury suffered in a Saturday match shouldn’t affect her Olympic availability, though she will be out three to six weeks due to a sprained MCL.
“The timing is not great, but I’m confident that I will come back in peak condition,” Lloyd said in a press release. “Rehab starts tomorrow, and you’ll see me on the field soon.”
Lloyd is the most experienced field player at recent major tournaments among U.S. Olympic hopefuls.
Lloyd started 23 of the 24 total U.S. matches at the last two Olympics and two World Cups (coming off the bench in the 17th minute of the 2012 Olympic opener, scoring the game winner in a U.S. comeback and playing every minute the rest of the tournament).
No other American field player has started even one match at all four of those tournaments.
Olympic and World Cup teammates Abby Wambach, Shannon Boxx, Lori Chalupny and Lauren Holiday have retired and forwards Sydney Leroux and Amy Rodriguez are out due to pregnancies.
With Lloyd and Rapinoe sidelined for now, three active and healthy U.S. midfielders have Olympic and/or World Cup experience — Morgan Brian, Tobin Heath and Heather O’Reilly.
Two more midfielders were on the Olympic qualifying roster — Lindsey Horan and Samantha Mewis.
The U.S. Olympic roster will be 18 players, as opposed to 20 in Olympic qualifying and 23 at the World Cup.