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Alex Morgan participates in full training for first time

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UPDATE: Morgan finally participated in full training today so it looks like she'll be available on Monday, if not entirely fully fit or in her best form.

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Alex Morgan said she would be ready for the start of the World Cup on Monday and she is getting closer to being healthy, but she's not quite there yet. Two days before the United States' opener, reporters said that she looked good in the bit of training they were allowed to see, but a U.S. Soccer spokesperson confirmed to Jeff Carlisle that she still hasn't been in full training.

Morgan has been battling a knee injury for nearly two months now. She hasn't played a match since the Portland Thorns' season opener on April 11 and she's been limited in practice for all of World Cup training camp. When she originally injured her knee, the hope was that she would be fit for the Americans' last pre-tournament friendly, but she wasn't. Now a week on from that match, she still hasn't even trained at full speed.

Even if we assume that Morgan will be given the all clear by Monday, there's no way she's going to be at her best and entirely match fit. It's not possible to go two months without a match or full training and be completely in form, let alone 90 minutes fit. Her replacements, be it Sydney Leroux, Amy Rodriguez or Christen Press, will have to step in and carry the load, at least early in the tournament until Morgan plays her way to fitness.