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Alex Morgan recovering from World Cup injury, may miss Orlando Pride match against Houston Dash

Morgan continues to recover from a knee injury, but the team is hopeful she will return in the coming weeks

Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan, left, is working to recover from injury during the World Cup. (ISI Photos)

SANFORD, Fla. — Alex Morgan is listed as day-to-day and may not be available for the Orlando Pride during the team’s match against the Houston Dash Saturday.

A club official clarified her status on Wednesday after coach Marc Skinner outlined a gradual recovery timeline for Morgan.

The forward continues to recover from a knee injury she suffered during the World Cup. Morgan took a knock in the team’s match against Sweden, then played through it to deliver a goal in the semifinal that helped power the U.S. to its fourth World Cup victory.

Morgan has not played a game with the Pride since the team’s April loss to Utah. She traveled to California last weekend to participate in the U.S. Victory Tour, but she was held out of the Americans’ match against Ireland in the Rose Bowl due to her injury status. Morgan returned to Orlando with fellow U.S. players Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris on Monday, but she remained on the sidelines for training on Tuesday.

Skinner said the club has been taking a day-to-day approach to Morgan’s injury and he had hoped to see her back on the pitch sooner for the Pride. Although she hasn’t been able to join team training, Morgan has been working off the field and making progress toward returning to contact practice soon.

The goal is to work the forward back into the rotation in training by the end of the week, with a long-term aim of seeing her return to the field in a purple kit by the team’s match against Utah on Aug. 17. Ultimately, Skinner said his goal is to reintegrate Morgan slowly to avoid aggravating the injury before it is fully healed.

“We’ll take it each day,” Skinner said. “She’s progressing well, she’s been out on the field, she’s been running. We just want to make sure we have her for a sustained time rather than stop and start.”

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