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SportMegan Rapinoe injury update: U.S. star (hamstring) trains day after missing World Cup semifinal

18:11  03 july  2019
18:11  03 july  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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LYON, France (AP) — A minor hamstring strain kept star forward Megan Rapinoe out of the United States’ nail-biting 2-1 win over England in the Women’ s World Cup semifinals Tuesday Just wasn’t going to be ready for today,” Rapinoe told reporters after the victory against England moved the U . S

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Megan Rapinoe, who sat out the U.S. women's World Cup semifinal victory over England on Tuesday with what she called a "minor" hamstring strain, says she'll be fit to play in Sunday's championship match.

And there was an encouraging sign Wednesday as she trained with those members of coach Jill Ellis' squad who did not start Tuesday.

"I feel like I'll be ready," Rapinoe, 33, told Fox Sports after the Americans defeated England 2-1 to advance to the finals. "It's hard, three days on the bounce in this old body."

That "three days" comment, a reference to the Americans' turnaround time between the quarterfinals to the semifinals is worth noting. Because Rapinoe, arguably Team USA's most important player, sat out the England match, she will have had plenty of time for rest and treatment before Sunday's final.

In Wednesday's training session open to the media, Rapinoe was involved in both the stretching and jogging exercises having only looked Tuesday on while the USA's squad warmed up before the Americans' game against England in Lyon.

The U.S. will face the winner of Wednesday's Netherlands-Sweden semifinal at 3 p.m. ET Sunday (Fox).

Entering Tuesday's match, Rapinoe had scored the USA's only four goals in the knockout stage. She was replaced by Christen Press and there were questions as to whether Press would be able to fill the void left by the veteran, but Press scored in just the 10th minute.

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American co-captain Megan Rapinoe opened Tuesday’ s Women’ s World Cup semifinal against England on the bench, the latest dramatic Press had subbed in for Rapinoe late in the Americans’ 2-1 quarterfinal win over France. A team spokesman declined to comment on Rapinoe ’ s absence and

Megan Rapinoe will not start for the US in the semifinal match against England at the Women' s World Cup . After netting four goals in the team' s previous two games and capturing the hearts of American soccer fans in the process, Rapinoe was shockingly left off of the US ' s lineup card for the semifinal .

Rapinoe explained what it was like to watch from the bench when many expected her to be on the pitch.

"It's just energy and confidence," Rapinoe said. "I feel like when we're on the bench that's all it is. You need to just be hyped for the team and where you can give those little tidbits but really give that energy. It's not all the time they're coming over but there's VAR decisions and you know breaks in the game and just giving that energy and getting those vibes out there."

Rapinoe gave the U.S. credit for stepping up in her absence and playing through injuries, while praising the depth that the United States has developed.

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Megan Rapinoe celebrates a goal against France in the 2019 World Cup . Megan Rapinoe , who has scored the United States women’ s national team’ s four previous goals at the However, according to ESPN analyst and former U . S . national team captain Julie Foudy, the change is due to an injury . Prior to the semifinal , Rapinoe had been instrumental in the Americans’ effort to repeat as World

"They dug deep again," she added. "I mean we talked a lot leading into the tournament about the depth that we have and this is the moment where you need to display it. We had a couple of injuries. People are tired. We're in the sixth game of a long tournament. We've only had three rest days I think for four games in a row or three games in a row and that's where the depth comes in. Everyone stepped up. We're not afraid of the moment."

The Americans will now prepare for the final Sunday as they will face the winner of Wednesday's semifinal between Sweden and Germany.

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