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Megan Rapinoe injury scare: USWNT star subbed out in 7th minute

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Megan Rapinoe was subbed out of Saturday’s NWSL game between the OL Reign and Kansas City Current with an apparent calf injury, a concerning sight for the two-time World Cup champion just days ahead of the USWNT’s World Cup roster release.

Rapinoe started the game, but within the first minute of play, was seen massaging her lower leg. Play was stopped in the second minute after Rapinoe sat down on the field and OL Reign’s trainers stepped on to assess her condition. After attempting to jog it off on the sidelines, she exited the field to return to the locker room in the fifth minute and was replaced by Veronica Latsko. The Reign went on to win Saturday’s game, 2-1.

“She’s ok, I think. I truly don’t know the severity of it,” OL Reign head coach Laura Harvey said, noting that the team may have handled the situation differently if the World Cup wasn’t just weeks away. “I’m glad she could get out quickly and not have to push through it.”

USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski is expected to announce his World Cup roster in just over a week, with Steven Goff of the Washington Post reporting that players are expected to be told of their status by this Thursday, June 15.

After dealing with an ankle injury during the NWSL offseason, Rapinoe missed the first two games of the 2023 season and wasn’t available for selection for April’s USWNT friendlies against Ireland due to a calf injury. But since late April, she has started every OL Reign game and logged consistent minutes — until Saturday night.