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U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

March 7, 2013
TOUGH BREAK
U.S. keeper Jill Loyden breaks bone in training, could miss 3 months


U.S. National Team goalkeeper Jill Loyden suffered a broken bone in her left hand during training at the Algarve Cup in Portugal on Thursday and will be sidelined for up to three months.

Loyden, a Vineland, N.J. native, suffered a spiral fracture of 4th metacarpal and will leave Portugal Friday to consult with a hand specialist to determine if she will need surgery. She broke a different bone in the same hand during U.S. Women's National Team training camp in January 2011.

"It's certainly unfortunate, but I've already overcome this injury before so I have no doubt it will heal and I'll be able to join the U.S. team again soon," Loyden said in a statement. "I know that the other goalkeepers will step up because they are phenomenal players."

Loyden had just played the full 90 minutes in goal the tournament's opening game against Iceland Wedenesday, recording a shutout.

With long-time starter Hope Solo out with a wrist injury, the Americans' two other goalkeepers on the Algarve Cup roster - Nicole Barnhart and Ashlyn Harris - will be available for the remaining three games of the tournament.

Loyden was allocated to Sky Blue of the new National Women's Soccer League, which begins play in April, but she will likely miss at least half the season.

   
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