Utah Royals and US national team defender Kelley O’Hara is out for 8-12 weeks due to surgery on her ankle.
The 2018 CONCACAF champion will have to miss the US national team’s November trip to Portugal and Scotland for a pair of friendlies.
O’Hara underwent an arthroscopic procedure and had the loose bodies in her right ankle removed.
The 30-year old didn’t waste any time after claiming the CONCACAF title.
“This is just the best time to get the procedure done so I’m one hundred percent heading into 2019 and physically ready to perform at the level and I want to and need to,” O’Hara said in a press release. “It’s a bummer that I won’t get to Europe, but the most important thing is to be healthy for next year.”
The friendlies against Portugal and Scotland will be the USA’s first road games since June 2017 when they went to Sweden and Norway.
The Portugal game is on Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN2, and the Scotland game is on Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. on FS1.