National Women's Soccer League / Portland Thorns FC / US Women's National Team

Tobin Heath’s Recovery Time “Unclear”

Tobin Heath’s recovery time from a right foot injury is “unclear,” according to a US Soccer spokesperson.  The United States midfielder was called in for the US Women’s National team’s matches against Australia and New Zealand at the end of October.

She was subsequently ruled out of the final two matches on Oct. 22 due to “continuing issues with a right foot injury.”

US Soccer did not elaborate on what the diagnosis for the foot injury but said that Heath “needs rest and continued evaluation” with an emphasis on rest.

The announcement came after Heath played 90 minutes and 72 minutes in Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League matches against Tyreso on Oct. 9 and 16 respectively.

Heath was listed as probable on the NWSL injury report heading into the August 24 semifinal match up.  That report listed her injury as a “sore right foot.”  She was forced off the field in the 74th minute after a collision with FC Kansas City midfielder Desiree Scott.  She was visibly in pain and frustrated upon coming off.

She did not train leading up to the final but was started and played 56 minutes in the final and hit the game-winner on a right-footed free kick just before halftime.  She was seen in a walking boot post-game and headed back to PSG the next day.

The Basking Ridge, N.J. native would take the field in PSG’s 2-1 win over Montpellier on Oct. 5, just one day after a report from The Equalizer stated that Heath was back to training but was still “had a ways to go” before she’d be back.


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