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These USWNT players are missing from the April roster. Here’s why.

Catarina Macario and Tobin Heath are among the USWNT players working their way back from injury. (Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

The U.S. women’s national team has released the 26-player roster for its April friendlies against Ireland, and several big names remain in limbo.

Catarina Macario, Christen Press, Tobin Heath and other players have starred for the USWNT on the international stage. What is keeping them off the roster as the team prepares for the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand?

Just Women’s Sports breaks down the key players who are missing from the USWNT.

Abby Dahlkemper

The 29-year-old defender missed the 2022 NWSL playoffs for the San Diego Wave due to a back injury, for which she underwent surgery in November.

She provided an update on her recovery in late January, saying she hoped to start cardio and lifting again in the “near future.” The implied recovery timeline would make her an unlikely selection for the World Cup.

Tobin Heath

The 34-year-old forward underwent knee surgery in September, which ended her season with OL Reign. She did not sign with an NWSL club in the offseason, but while she remains a free agent and is still rehabbing her injury, USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski said in February that Health “absolutely” remains in the running for World Cup roster consideration.

Upon the release of the April roster, the coach reiterated that Heath is in “return-to-play protocol,” but he also cautioned that any player would “have to play professional games to give us a chance to evaluate them.”

Catarina Macario

While Andonovski had hoped to see the 23-year-old return to the lineup for the April friendlies, she is still working her way back from an ACL tear suffered last June, in Lyon’s final match of the 2021-22 Division 1 Féminine season.

“She’s supposed to be on the field sometime beginning of next month,” Andonovski said. He also noted that Macario is ahead of Heath and Press in her recovery.

Sam Mewis

The 30-year-old midfielder underwent knee surgery in January. She has been dealing with a nagging injury since August 2021, when she played with the USWNT in the Tokyo Olympics.

“I don’t have a timeline for return to soccer,” she said in January.

Christen Press

After tearing the ACL in her right knee during the 2022 NWSL season, the 34-year-old forward had three surgeries on the same knee in eight months. Press revealed her “unique journey” to recovery in an Instagram post in March.

Andonovski had described her as “in return-to-play protocol” ahead of February’s SheBelieves Cup and again ahead of the April camp, but continued rehab puts the timeline for her return in question.

Megan Rapinoe

The 37-year-old forward missed her NWSL club’s season opener with a calf injury, and she is out for the April friendlies as well. She also missed the January friendlies in New Zealand with an ankle injury before returning for February’s SheBelieves Cup.