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Alex Morgan out for rest of Orlando Pride season due to knee injury

The striker has appeared twice for the Pride since returning from the World Cup.

Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan, left, will miss the rest of the season due to a lingering knee injury. (ISI Photos)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Alex Morgan will not play for the rest of the NWSL season for the Orlando Pride. The striker suffered a patella stress reaction in her right knee while playing for the U.S. women’s national team in the World Cup this summer and has been ruled out for the remainder of the year.

“This year has had the highest of highs, but along with that comes challenges and sometimes even falling short of my goals I set for myself in 2019,” Morgan posted on Instagram. “I’m disappointed I won’t be able to compete with the Pride for the remainder of 2019 due to a knee injury I’ve been managing since the World Cup, and that I can’t be there to help my teammates and my club have more success. Thank you fans, friends, teammates and teams for all your support. I have already started physical therapy in L.A. and am eager to get back on the field doing what I love.”

Morgan appeared twice for the club since returning from the World Cup, but she was involved in a collision during a match against the Chicago Red Stars that sent her into concussion protocol. After she was cleared, Morgan continued to battle lingering knee pain. She has appeared in six matches for the Pride this season, logging 90 minutes in all four of the games leading up to the World Cup.

“It’s obviously difficult to lose a player of Alex’s caliber due to injury,” Pride general manager Erik Ustruck said. “However, after consulting with the club’s medical team at Orlando Health and U.S. Soccer, we felt it was in the best interest of Alex’s long-term health to shut her down for the season to focus on the rehabilitation process and take the appropriate time to recover from the lingering knee injury.”

During her four seasons with the Pride, Morgan has netted 18 goals and added seven assists. 

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