U.S. midfielder Tobin Heath suffered a fracture to a small bone in her left wrist when she was bundled out of bounds against Denmark on Feb. 29. As she tried to serve the ball up the right flank, the Danish player shoulder-charged her (and truth be told, it was a somewhat dirty play) and Heath flew over the sideline, almost rolling into the stretcher crew that was seated on a nearby bench. She landed on the rubber surface outside the field and was in obvious pain. She was out of the match for a few minutes, got her wrist taped and went back into the game, finishing with an excellent overall performance. An x-ray revealed the injury, but it will not impact her ability to train or play in the matches. She’s not a goalkeeper after all. She will wear a light, removable cast on the wrist that will be padded for competition.
One positive: her teammates will no doubt offer to get her food at the team meals and pour her coffee. Knowing Tobin, though, she’ll do it herself.