Portland Thorns midfielder Angela Salem had a successful surgery to repair a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee, the club announced today. Recovering from the surgery will keep her out for the rest of the 2019 NWSL season. Salem picked up the injury in last week’s home opening 3-0 win against the Chicago Red Stars just before halftime.
Salem has only appeared in eight games for the Thorns since getting picked up in the Boston Breakers dispersal draft before the start of the 2018 NWSL season, two of which were starts, but those two starts came in the two games before her injury. She’d proven to be an important contributor to the last two Thorns wins defensively, and the team has to assess at its options in defensive midfield in her absence. Celeste Boureille should be returning to the starting lineup, but this could also mean giving minutes to draftee Emily Ogle or new National Team Replacement player Katy Byrne.