Sydney Leroux will celebrate wining the World Cup by going under the knife. The United States forward will undergo surgery to repair an injured right ankle and miss the next three months, U.S. Soccer confirmed on Friday.
Leroux has been bothered by an accessory bone in her right ankle since the start of the year. During the World Cup, the pain increased and now she will have it dealt with. The operation will remove a piece of the bone, alleviating the discomfort.
Because Leroux will be out until at least October, she will miss the remainder of the NWSL season. The Western New York Flash traded for Leroux prior to the season and she played just three matches for the team before leaving for World Cup training camp. Now she's out until next season so those three matches will be all of the time she spends in a Flash kit this year.
Leroux will also miss several of the United States' 10-match post-World Cup tour. The first matches of the tour are set for August, with more expected to follow in September and October and Leroux may not be able to play in any of those. She may not see the pitch again until November.
The U.S. shouldn't miss Leroux too much. While they'd obviously like to have the 25-year-old striker, she will only miss friendlies and will be fit 11 months before the 2016 Olympics are set to get underway so there will be no concerns about this hampering her and the team in any real competitions.