Sam Mewis does not have a timeline for her return to soccer after undergoing another knee surgery, she announced Monday via social media.
The 30-year-old midfielder for the U.S. women’s national team and Kansas City Current underwent arthroscopic surgery on her right knee in August 2021. At the time, she was expected to be out for up to eight weeks. More than 17 months later, she remains on the sidelines.
Mewis had another surgery on the same knee last week, she revealed in a statement posted to her Twitter account Monday afternoon.
“I’ll be starting my rehab at home where my family can support me,” she wrote. “I gave everything I had after my last procedure in 2021. This has been a really difficult time for me personally and I’ve been devastated to be away from soccer for so long.”
pic.twitter.com/8n3NtaVUi8— Samantha Mewis (@sammymewy) January 30, 2023
The Current released their preseason roster Monday, which included Mewis. But the club has bought out the midfielder’s previous contract and signed her to a new deal through the 2023 season, during which she’ll be “focused on her recovery and future” as she works her way back “from her progressive injury to her right leg,” per the news release.
For her part, Mewis described the Current as “extremely patient and supportive” through her continued recovery.
“I don’t have a timeline for return to soccer, but I will give my best effort in my recovery as I always have,” she wrote. “Thank you to everyone for your support and well wishes.”
Mewis was traded to Kansas City last offseason, but she did not play at all for the Current in 2022 outside of two preseason Challenge Cup matches. While she was named to the USWNT roster last March ahead of friendlies against Uzbekistan, she later was ruled out due to “a knee issue,” per U.S. Soccer.
The exact nature of Mewis’ injury remains unknown, but the latest surgery and indeterminate timeline for recovery almost certainly will preclude her from participating in the 2023 World Cup.
USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski confirmed as much before the team’s January friendlies against New Zealand, saying of Mewis: “At this point I don’t want to guess what the time is or if she is going to be back at all.”