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USWNT’s Tierna Davidson returns to training with VfL Wolfsburg

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Tierna Davidson is training in Germany ahead of the 2023 NWSL season.

The Chicago Red Stars and USWNT defender appeared in photos posted by Vfl Wolfsburg on Nov. 22. While the Red Stars were unable to provide additional information, Davidson’s appearance was confirmed by German newspaper WAZ.

It was later confirmed by the newspaper that Davidson is training as a guest until the club’s winter break and will not sign with the team.

Davidson is another key piece of the USWNT lineup that has been missing due to injury this year. She tore her ACL during a training session in April and missed out on the NWSL season.. USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski said in October that the team expected her to be back “in full” in November.

“She is looking really good,” he said. “We expect her to be back in full in the middle of November.”

Her appearance in Germany could be a part of the club’s strategic alliance with Wolfsburg. In September, the two clubs announced their collaboration, which seeks to help the two clubs “expand their mark on the game” both within and outside of their respective leagues.

Further details of the partnership were not released.

The defender is still under contract with the Red Stars for the 2023 season, having been part of the 18-player roster named by the team on Nov. 16. Her contract will be up after the 2023 season.