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Carli Lloyd on track for Olympics after extent of knee injury revealed

USA star Carli Lloyd has a sprained right knee and will miss from three to six weeks, the Houston Dash have announced

USA star Carli Lloyd has a sprained right knee and will miss from three to six weeks, the Houston Dash have announced.

Lloyd was injured in the fifth minute of a National Womens Soccer League match between the Dash and the expansion Orlando Pride on Saturday. She played until the 14th minute, and was later seen on the sideline icing her knee.

Carli Lloyd (@CarliLloyd) April 25, 2016

Thank you for all the well wishes.It’s been a while since I’ve been sidelined but this won’t stop me. I will be back stronger than ever

The Dash said Monday that an MRI revealed she has a grade one MCL sprain. There were concerns that if the injury were more severe she could miss the USAs bid for a fourth straight Olympic gold medal this summer in Brazil. Lloyd is the current Fifas womens world player of the year following her hat-trick in the World Cup final.

I would like to thank everyone for their well wishes. Obviously, Im very disappointed with the injury. I was feeling great and starting to get comfortable with my Dash team-mates, Lloyd said in a statement released by the Dash. The timing is not great but Im confident that I will come back in peak condition. Rehab starts tomorrow and youll see me on the field soon.

The Pride beat the Dash 3-1 before an NWSL record crowd of 23,403 fans at Orlandos Citrus Bowl.

We wish Carli the best as she recovers from this injury, Dash managing director Brian Ching said.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/apr/25/carli-lloyd-injury-womens-soccer-olympics-usa

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