U.S. women's GK Jill Loyden breaks hand, out three months

Photo: Armando Franca/AP

Jill Loyden is inspected by a trainer after injuring her hand in training Thursday. Loyden was later diagnosed with a broken hand and will miss three months, including the remainder of the Algarve Cup.

(AP) -- U.S. women's team goalkeeper Jill Loyden broke a bone in her left hand during training Thursday and will miss three months.

Loyden was injured while training with the team at the Algarve Cup. She will leave Portugal on 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 training camp in January 2011.

With longtime starter Hope Solo out with a wrist injury, the Americans will use either veteran Nicole Barnhart or inexperienced Ashlyn Harris for the rest of the prestigious international tournament.

The United States beat Iceland 3-0 in its first match and plays China on Friday.

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