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Knee injury ends Osborne's Olympic dream
May 28th, 2008 7AM



Leslie Osborne, a key midfielder for the U.S. women's national team, is out of contention for a berth on the Olympic team after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during training at The Home Depot Center, in Carson, Calif. on May 22.

Osborne has played 60 times for the USA and was a member of the 2007 Women's World Cup team. She was a key central midfielder for the USA and a candidate for the 18-player roster for the 2008 Olympics. Ironically, her breakthrough came in 2006 when Shannon Boxx went down with a knee injury.

Osborne, who turned 25 on Tuesday, will have knee surgery within the week and will also undergo reconstructive ankle surgery about a month later to take care of some lingering issues.

"I'm going to get both surgeries done and my plan is to be back 100% for the new pro league," said Osborne. "Hopefully, I'll make a run for the next World Cup, and then one day get to play in an Olympics."

Osborne has already come back from a serious injury once before. After finishing up her college career at Santa Clara University, she needed reconstructive surgery on her right ankle.

Her rehabilitation this time will take about 8-10 months.

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