Tobin Heath is out 3 months and will miss the SheBelieves Cup
Tobin Heath will not be returning to the US women’s national team for the SheBelieves Cup next month with an ankle injury that will keep her off the pitch for up to three months.
It’s also a huge loss to their Manchester United side battling for a title.
Heath misses the SheBelieves Cup
32-year-old Heath injured her ankle before a game against Chelsea on January 17. She chose to stay at the club while the national team played two friendly matches against Columbia in the week of January 18.
United manager Casey Stoney said Friday Heath will be out for 10-12 weeks while rehabilitating the injury. That would bring them back to the square in the first week of April at the earliest.
The USA will host the SheBelieves Cup in Orlando from February 18 to 24, in which Argentina, Brazil and Canada will participate. Japan withdrew from the competition with concerns about the virus at home. The national team won the trophy in 2020.
Heath lost in the title competition for United
United is fighting overseas with Chelsea at the top of the table for the title.
“It’s part of the game,” said Stoney. “She was a great player for us so she is a great loss. But like all injuries, I always say it’s a window of time for someone else.
“Disappointing to her, but she still has a huge impact on our environment and we will work hard to get her back as safely and quickly as possible.”
United face Everton on Sunday.
USWNT is preparing for the Tokyo Olympics
The USWNT is preparing for the scheduled Tokyo Olympics this summer after taking much of 2020 off because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Heath and Christen Press pulled out of the friendlies this month, and Alex Morgan was unable to attend after testing positive for COVID-19.
Vlatko Andonovski hasn’t announced a roster for the SheBelieves Cup yet, but fans were hoping the three stars would be back with the national team. Andonovski will only be able to bring 18 players to Tokyo and has a ton of decisions to make with solid veterans and budding young stars.
Sam Mewi’s injury not as bad as feared
The USWNT received good news on Friday from another women’s Super League team. Sam Mewis’ injury is not as bad as initially feared, Manchester City manager Gareth Taylor said on Friday.
“Sam came back and I think it’s kind of a training session with a scan that’s kind of a remnant of an old injury and kind of a new injury because it’s doing pretty well to be honest,” he said of Goal. com.
“She looks good. She went through a couple of checks. I think this weekend [against West Ham] will be too early for her, but the real possibility is that she will be back by the end of next week and be ready for the game after that. “
Mewis hobbled in the national team’s 6-0 win over Columbia a week ago. She scored a hat trick in the first test, a 4-0 win that also saw her sister Kristie Mewis.
City is at the top of the table behind Chelsea and United.
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