Sky Blue FC midfielder Carli Lloyd will miss the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup after suffering a minor injury on her left knee. The midfielder from Delran, New Jersey, sustained the injury during the offseason and has been undergoing rehab since then.
“It’s unfortunate that Carli has suffered this injury,” said Head Coach Freya Coombe. “We have been talking throughout the preseason and remained hopeful about her return. We’ll continue to support her throughout the recovery process. Right now, I’m excited about the opportunity that our younger players and new signings have to step up, and I have full confidence in this squad.”
“I have unfortunately picked up an injury while I was at home training,” said Lloyd. “I was optimistic about being able to return in time for the NWSL Challenge Cup, but my injury is going to require more time to recover. I am disappointed I will not be able to compete with my teammates, but I will be cheering them on! The NWSL Challenge Cup is going to be an exciting tournament and will allow all players to play games this season. I look forward to continuing my recovery, and I am excited to get back on the field when I am ready.”
“One thing we do know about Carli is that if she was physically able to get on the pitch, there’s nothing that would hold her back,” said General Manager Alyse LaHue. “This setback will require more time than we had hoped, but we are here to support her swift and safe return to playing again.”
Lloyd, 37, joined Sky Blue via a trade with the Houston Dash in 2018. Until now, she has played in every season of the NWSL. The midfielder scored eight goals and notched one assist in 14 appearances last season.