U.S. Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher Injury: A Sigh of Relief (In a Way)

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The U.S. women’s soccer team suffered two losses on Monday – a loss to the Canadians and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, who will miss the bronze medal match due to a right knee bone bruise. The injury is unfortunate, but it could have been worse.


In the 22nd minute of the quarterfinals, Naeher landed on a hyperextended knee, in attempt to deny a cross. She tried to remain in the match, but eight minutes later, she was subbed out.


The goalkeeper will be sidelined for “several weeks”, according to U.S. Soccer.


Whenever an athlete suffers a knee contusion, it brings concern for any additional injuries.


Many structures contribute to your knee stability such as your meniscus, ligaments and soft tissue structures. But particularly, you worry about a cruciate ligament injury like your ACL.


Thankfully, no surgery is required for a bone bruise, but the healing time frame may vary — depending on the bone bruise pattern, the extent and location. This injury may cause increased pain, limiting one’s knee motion, and require increased time to walk without pain.


For now, Naeher will be protecting that knee from weight-bearing in the early stages. She’ll support her team as it faces Australia in the bronze medal match on Aug. 5.


“I’m disappointed I won’t be able to be on the field Thursday with my teammates competing for a medal, but I know this group will bounce back from a tough loss,” said Naeher during U.S. Soccer interview. “I can’t wait to watch them fight for a bronze medal and I will be here to support the team in any way I can to help us get it done.”


If you have a knee injury and unsure the severity, you can find a Phoenix Spine & Joint doctor who can assist with your treatment.