March 12, 2013
Carli Loyd could be out for up to two months with a shoulder injury. Lloyd scored both goals for the United States in their 2-1 victory in the gold medal game of the 2012 Olympics.
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CHICAGO (AP) - American midfielder Carli Lloyd will be sidelined six to eight weeks after breaking a bone in her left shoulder during the Algarve Cup.

After initially saying the injury was minor, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Tuesday that an MRI showed the fracture. Lloyd was injured March 6 against Iceland and missed matches against China and Sweden. She also will miss Wednesday's final against Germany at Faro, Portugal

Lloyd has 43 goals in 154 international appearances. She likely will be sidelined for at least the first month of the season for the Western New York Flash of the new National Women's Soccer League

Lloyd calls this an "unfortunate circumstance'' but says she's been through injuries before and "come back even stronger.'

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