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Smith Out for Season With Injury

June 4, 2002

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Charge forward Kelly Smith will miss the rest of the WUSA season because of a knee injury revealed by an MRI exam on Monday.

The Philadelphia midfielder, chosen as the league’s player of the month of May, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee Saturday night during a 0-0 draw with San Jose.

Smith’s knee awkwardly buckled in the 72nd minute when she tried to make a move down the left flank. Smith immediately hit the turf and grabbed for her knee in obvious pain before being removed on a stretcher.

Surgery will take place in two or three weeks, and Smith will then begin a rehabilitation program expected to last 6-to-12 months. Smith may also have further damage in her knee, but that won’t be known until surgery is performed.

Smith, who stars for England’s national team, is tied for second place in the WUSA in points with four goals and three assists, the same totals she had during an injury-plagued 2001 season.

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