US women down to 3rd goalkeeper

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Associated Press

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 2:04 AM

U.S. women's team goalkeeper Jill Loyden broke a bone in her left hand during training Thursday and will miss three months.

Loyden was injured while training with the team at the Algarve Cup. She will leave Portugal on Friday to consult with a hand specialist to determine if she will need surgery.

She broke a different bone in the same hand during U.S. women's training camp in January 2011.

With longtime starter Hope Solo out with a wrist injury, the Americans will use either veteran Nicole Barnhart or inexperienced Ashlyn Harris for the rest of the prestigious international tournament.

The United States beat Iceland 3-0 in its first match and plays China on Friday.

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