WNT Mar 27, 2012
Those of you who followed the Algarve Cup know that U.S. midfielder Tobin Heath broke a small bone in her left wrist against Denmark on Feb. 29 when she took a Dane-initiated tumble out of bounds onto a hard rubber surface outside the field. Heath didn't miss any action during the tournament (remember...Jersey girls are tough), but as it turns out, she did need surgery on the joint and had it just a day after she returned from Portugal. Heath had a pin inserted in her wrist (not such a small one either), but fortunately she's neither a goalkeeper nor a point guard and the injury has not impacted her play at all, just forced her to do a bit more wrist rehab than she probably ever counted on.
Heath - who as you probably know is a lefty -- still must wear a brace (see above, and knowing Heath, she went colorful), but she has almost full use of the hand, wrist and forearm, meaning her teammates no longer have to get her food during meals, put on her soccer socks or help her tie her soccer shoes.