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Tobin Heath splits with Arsenal by mutual consent after injury

Tobin Heath of Arsenal controls the ball under pressure from Lena Oberdorf of Wolfsburg during the UEFA Women's Champions League Quarter Final First Leg match between Arsenal WFC and VfL Wolfsburg at Emirates Stadium on March 23, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

U.S. women’s national team star Tobin Health has been released from her contract with Arsenal, the Women’s Super League club announced Thursday.

A mutual agreement between Heath and the club, her release comes one week after the striker suffered a season-ending hamstring injury.

Arsenal has three matches remaining this season, and Health’s contract was due to expire at the end of the team’s campaign.

“Although I’m disappointed that my time at Arsenal has come to an early end, I have loved every minute of my time here,” Heath said in a statement. “I would like to thank everyone at the Club who has made me feel so welcome. Arsenal is a special Club and this is a special group of players.

The 33-year-old will return to the United States to start rehab with her medical team. Her NWSL rights are held by Racing Louisville, should she decide to play in the American league.

Heath joined Arsenal in September on a free transfer after competing with Manchester United during the 2020-2021 season. The American forward made 18 appearances with Arsenal, scoring three goals for the Gunners.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with Tobin this season,” said Arsenal coach Jonas Eidevall. “She has made an important contribution both on and off the pitch, with her mentality and character setting a great example to the entire group. We wish Tobin well for the future and look forward to seeing what comes next for her.”

Arsenal sits one point behind Chelsea in the WSL standings as the season nears its end.