US women’s team manager Vlatko Andonovski says attacker Tobin Heath and midfielder Julie Ertz are both “on schedule” to recover from their respective injuries in time for the Tokyo Olympics.
Heath sustained an ankle injury at Manchester United last January and a knee injury later while recovering. Ertz suffered an MCL sprain in the 5-0 defeat at the start of the season against the Portland Thorns on May 16.
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Heath is training with the US again ahead of the friendlies against Portugal, Jamaica and Nigeria but is not on the roster for the games.
“Tobin is a bit ahead of Julie,” said Andonovski. “She’s here at camp, training every day, and medically she’s as good as done. The only thing that Tobin has to physically prepare now and build up her stamina on the field. “
Andonovski added that the U.S. team’s medical staff will be looking to Ertz in the coming days, despite liking what he’s seeing so far in terms of the player’s recovery.
“Were excited [with] where she is right now, “Andonovski said of Ertz.” But we have to be very careful with our approach and make sure that she has fully recovered before she plays a game. “
That Heath is not on the squad for Thursday’s game, as well as the following friendly matches against Jamaica on the 13th since last November. Andonovski said that while the circumstances are not ideal and “make us think a bit”, he likes Heath’s chances of getting into the squad.
“If she’s 100% or we know she’ll be close to 100% by the Olympic camp, her chances of forming the team are pretty good.”