Houston Dash MF Carli Lloyd suffered a Grade 1 MCL sprain in Saturday night’s match in Orlando. An MRI scan this morning confirmed the injury.

Lloyd suffered the injury in the fifth minute when she went in for a tackle against an Orlando player. The expected recovery time for an injury of this nature is three to six weeks.

“I would like to thank everyone for their well wishes. Obviously, I’m very disappointed with the injury. I was feeling great and starting to get comfortable with my Dash teammates,” Lloyd said. “The timing is not great but I’m confident that I will come back in peak condition. Rehab starts tomorrow and you’ll see me on the field soon.”

The Dash return to BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday to host Sky Blue FC. Sky Blue FC defeated Seattle Reign FC to open the season and fell 2-1 against the Washington Spirit on Sunday.

“We wish Carli the best as she recovers from this injury,” Dash managing director Brian Ching said. “We have built a deep squad this season. There has been a lot of competition for playing time and with the recent injuries it is a great opportunity for other players to step in and get minutes this Friday against Sky Blue FC.”