Portland Thorns FC forward Alex Morgan underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on her right knee to remove a plica, a small fold in the in the lining of the knee joint, Friday morning in Los Angeles. The 26-year-old is expected to return in 3 to 4 weeks.
The injury is the latest in a recent string that has not seen the U.S. forward healthy for an entire calendar year.
Morgan battled through a left knee injury, diagnosed as a bone bruise, during the U.S. national team’s championship run in last month’s World Cup. She missed time following a mild MCL sprain at the end of the 2013 NWSL season. She then missed seven months in 2013-14 after an ankle injury was initially misdiagnosed and a stress reaction occurred. She re-injured the ankle during World Cup qualifiers in October 2014 and returned to play in February.