U.S. women's national soccer team star Tobin Heath has returned to America to rehab her knee, prematurely ending her club season with Manchester United.
Heath has been sidelined since January after suffering an ankle injury, but news broke on Friday that she returned to the U.S. due to a knee injury. Manchester United women's manager Casey Stoney said that the forward is "hopeful of making the Olympics."
Heath would be a favorite to make the 18-player Olympic squad if healthy.
The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jonathan Tannenwald said that Heath's rehab will be "closely monitored by the U.S. Soccer Federation medical staff." The current hope is that she will reportedly be ready for the U.S. women's national team gathering in June.
At this time, a decision has not been made about Heath's contract with Manchester United Women Football Club.
“It’s not been decided yet," Stoney said. "We’ve had minimal conversations. Her focus right now is rehab. I will be in contact with her while she’s out there [U.S.] & we'll have further discussions moving forward. At the moment there is no decision.”
Heath scored four goals and added two assists in eight league matches with Manchester United Women.
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