Pride forward Alex Morgan will be in Orlando’s 18-player lineup for Saturday’s home meeting with the Chicago Red Stars and is expected to see her first minutes of the season, the team said on Friday.
Morgan had been recovering from a strained hamstring she suffered while playing with Olympique Lyonnais earlier this year, but has been medically cleared to play, the Pride said. She was officially added to the Pride roster for this season on June 21, but missed the last two Pride games because of her hamstring.
On Friday, the Pride removed her from the injury report. Orlando coach Tom Sermanni said he hoped to bring her on for the game’s final 20-30 minutes vs. the Red Stars.
“It gives her a chance to get in the game and actually get some game time under her belt,” Sermanni said. “She probably hasn’t played a full game for about seven weeks now so it will just be great to get her back out onto the field.”
Around the NWSL
The NWSL released its weekly injury report Friday ahead of Week 11’s weekend games. View the full injury report.
Other notable updates:
Washington Spirit midfielder Mallory Pugh, who suffered a left ankle sprain on June 11 during warm-ups before the United States women’s national team’s 1-0 win in Norway, has been upgraded to probable by the Spirit.
Chicago Red Stars midfielder Danielle Colaprico has been upgraded to probable after suffering a right ankle sprain last week. She missed the first game of her NWSL career on Wednesday because of the injury.
North Carolina Courage forward Jess McDonald, who has missed the last three games with a left hamstring strain, was also upgraded to probable. Lynn Williams (right ankle sprain) is also listed as probable for the Courage.