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USWNT’s Sam Mewis shares progress six months after knee surgery

Sam Mewis has been sidelined since the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. (Howard Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

Sam Mewis offered an inside look into her recovery process six months after her second surgery for a lingering knee issue.

The U.S. women’s national team and Kansas City Current midfielder has been sidelined since August 2021 with the injury, but she shared an update Tuesday on Instagram.

“6 months today!” Mewis wrote alongside a video showcasing her rehabilitation work and weight-lifting exercises. Most notable is the lower body work Mewis showed off in the video, which included deadlifts and lunges and points to Mewis regaining range of motion and strength in her right knee.

The 30-year-old starred at the 2021 Olympics for the USWNT, but then she underwent arthroscopic surgery after the tournament. At the time, she was expected to miss six to eight weeks.

Mewis played two NWSL Challenge Cup games for the Current in March 2022 but has not taken the pitch since then due to what the club has described as a “progressive injury to her right leg.”

In January, USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski said he didn’t know what Mewis’ timeline would be. She had her second surgery in the same month. “At this point, I don’t want to guess what the time is or if she is going to be back at all,” he said.

Recently, she spoke with GOAL about the recovery process, noting that she wants to get back to playing soccer if she can. But right now, she’s taking rehab “one day at a time.”

“Obviously, I haven’t played in a while,” she said. “I’m just doing my rehab and taking it one day at a time, but I think my message is just in moments like that, in moments of difficulty, just try to find that new purpose, if you can, and apply yourself to that.”