Thursday, July 17, 2008

ATH: Wambach out for Olympics

Wambach Will Miss Olympics

The US Women’s National Team got another 1-0 win over Brazil with an 85th minute goal from Natasha Kai, but the game was overshadowed by Abby Wambach breaking her leg in the 31st minute.

Wambach was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital where X-Rays confirmed the fracture in her left leg. She will have surgery tomorrow morning to have a titanium rod inserted. She will be on crutches for several weeks before the leg is weight-bearing, at which time she will start rehabilitation. Injuries of this sort usually require a 12-week recovery.

The US now faces the Olympics minus Wambach.

“I want to thank all the fans, the doctors, the players on the team and Tasha Kai for scoring the winning goal,” said Wambach from the emergency room. ”Obviously, it’s devastating, but above everything else, I’m only one player, and you can never win a championship with just one player. I have the utmost confidence in this team bringing home the gold.”

As for the game, Natasha Kai came on as a 56th minute substitute, and got the winner from a Carli Lloyd freekick. It was Kai’s 12th goal of the year and 20th of her international career.

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