Washington Spirit forward Mallory Pugh suffered a knee injury at the end of her club’s May 27 game against the Houston Dash, and on Friday the Spirit and the U.S. women’s national team confirmed that Pugh will be out for 8-10 weeks due to a posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) sprain in her right knee.
The injury was the reason Pugh was kept off the USWNT roster for their set of friendlies against China PR this month. The statement on Friday said Pugh will return to training towards the latter end of her recovery.
Before the injury Pugh was a key piece in the Spirit’s offense. She scored two goals and chipped in one assist in 10 games played. She also picked up the NWSL’s Player of the Week honor in Week 2 and was named to March and April’s Team of the Month.
NEWS | Forward @MalPugh out 8-10 weeks with PCL sprain
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“This isn’t the greatest time to get an injury like this, but with the support of medical staffs from U.S. Soccer and the Spirit, as well as from my teammates and the fans, I’ll be back on the field as soon as possible,” Pugh said. “Now, my job is to rehab and I’m going to be really focused on that process.”