The news that U.S. women’s national team captain Becky Sauerbrunn will miss the World Cup due to injury brought fresh concerns about a couple of other USWNT stalwarts: Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle.
Lavelle has not played since an April friendly against Ireland, in which she picked up what USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski referred to at the time as “a little knock.” Rapinoe, meanwhile, suffered a calf injury during OL Reign’s match on June 10.
The USWNT is expected to release its 23-player World Cup roster this week, and Lavelle has made progress ahead of the reveal. The 28-year-old midfielder has been a partial participant in training for OL Reign and has been making good progress, Equalizer’s Bella Munson reported on June 9.
In May, Lavelle had been on track for a comeback before suffering a setback in her recovery, OL Reign coach Laura Harvey told Munson.
Rapinoe, meanwhile, is set to miss a couple of weeks, Harvey said ahead of OL Reign’s 0-0 draw with the Houston Dash on Saturday. She declined to provide further details on the 37-year-old forward’s recovery.
“She’s doing OK. It’s probably something that will last a couple of weeks,” Harvey said. “But it’s not going to be a lengthy injury.”