Delran, N.J., native Carli Lloyd suffered a broken bone in her left shoulder while playing for the U.S. women's national team's at the Algarve Cup in Portugal.
Confirmation of the injury came Tuesday afternoon from the U.S. Soccer Federation. Lloyd suffered the injury in the U.S.' Algarve Cup opening game last Wednesday, a 3-0 win over Iceland.
"Although it's an unfortunate circumstance, I've been through injuries before and have come back even stronger,” Lloyd said in a press release. “I'm disappointed that I'll be missing some National Team events and some league games, but as soon as my shoulder allows, I'll be back and ready to compete.”
Lloyd's appearance against Iceland was her 154th for the national team.
A MRI exam revealed what is officially being called a "non- displaced greater tuberosity fracture" in Lloyd's left shoulder. She will be out for six to eight weeks. That means she'll miss the first month or so of the debut season of the National Women's Soccer League. Lloyd is on the roster of the Western New York Flash, along with Abby Wambach.
The U.S. has done well enough without Lloyd, advancing to the championship game of Algarve Cup. They'll play Germany on Thursday at 1 p.m. Eastern.
If you haven't been able to watch any of the tournament - or if you hadn't heard of it in the first place - you aren't alone. It's only available live on pay-per-view on TV and online, with Fox Soccer Channel airing games on a one-day tape delay.
Then again, this year's Algarve Cup is the first edition that has been broadcast on TV or online in the U.S. in any form. That's progress for what is one of the most prestigious women's soccer tournaments outside of the World Cup and Olympics.