Kelley O’Hara: These kinds of things come with the territory.” (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
CHICAGO – Scratch Kelley O’Hara from the U.S. women’s national team’s European matches next month.
The defender has undergone an arthroscopic ankle procedure to remove loose bodies in her right ankle, U.S. Soccer said.
The surgery was performed Tuesday morning in Atlanta.
She will be sidelined for 8-12 weeks.
O’Hara, who has earned 112 caps, started four games at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship while playing 318 minutes.
She and the team staff have determined this period at the end of the year is the best window to correct the lingering ankle issue.
“It’s all good. These kinds of things come with the territory,” O’Hara said. “This is just the best time to get the procedure done so I’m 100 percent heading into 2019 and physically ready to perform at the level I want to and need to. It’s a bummer that I won’t get to Europe, but the most important thing is to be healthy for next year.”