Rose Lavelle’s World Cup hopes are now in doubt after USWNT and Olympic Reign the star suffered another injury setback. The midfielder, who represented the United States at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, has not played since April 8th have maintained one knee injury in the second friendly against Ireland.
“She was really on track to be back, then she had a bit of a setback,” revealed OL Reign Head Coach Laura Harvey on Wednesday. “I would love for her to be on the field tomorrow. I don’t think it’s going to happen. I hope we get to see her before the World Cup, but honestly, right now I don’t know… It changes all the time,” she explained.
The bank comes at an extremely unfortunate time for Lavelle. With The WC starts in almost two months from now, the clock is definitely ticking. What’s more, if she manages to recover in time for the tournament, she will have to quickly get back to match fitness, which is another process that takes time.
That USWNT starts his World Cup campaign on July 21 against Vietnam. A rejection match is planned against Wales on 9 July which will give the team another opportunity to get out before their official campaign starts in New Zealand.
Lavelle has become a lynchpin in the USWNT’s midfield over the past few years. By World Cup in France 2019, she played six matches and scored three goals. She has played 88 games for the national team and is only 12 games away from the century milestone.
It has already been confirmed Vlatko Andonovski will be without both midfielders Catarina Macario, who continues to work toward his recovery after tearing his ACL in June, and beyond Mallory Swansonwas carried off the field against Ireland in April after suffering a torn patellar tendon.