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Hayley Raso out 6-8 weeks with a broken back

The forward was injured when Washington keeper Aubrey Bledsoe kneed her in the back

Anya Button

The prognosis is in on Hayley Raso, and it’s not good.

According to a press release from the club, the forward suffered a non-displaced fracture of the transverse processes of her L2, L3, and L4 vertebrae this weekend against Washington—in layman’s terms, the parts of the vertebra that stick out the side.

After Spirit keeper Aubrey Bledsoe seemed to knee Raso in the back as they both went up for an aerial ball, she clearly seemed to be in a great deal of pain, and had to be stretchered off the field. She was later taken to the hospital, and was still there as of Monday morning. Raso will be out 6-8 weeks, according to the press release—in other words, the rest of the season.

We’ll be hoping she has a speedy recovery.