Akers, 34, will undergo arthroscopic surgery next Tuesday or Wednesday in Orlando, Fla., to repair the biceps anchor and tighten up the shoulder joint. The normal rehabilitation period is three months, indicating a July return to full-time training and giving her two and half months of training and games to prepare for the Olympics.
"This is definitely a bummer," said Akers, who has rebounded from multiple injuries in a stellar career that has seen her score 104 goals in 147 games for the U.S. National Team. "But I am confident that the recovery will go quickly. I am shooting to return to the team as soon as possible and be fit and ready for the Olympics."
Akers originally separated her right shoulder against Russia in Rochester, N.Y., on September 18, 1998. She re-injured the shoulder in a bizarre event during the 1999 Women's World Cup in Boston. She was circling the field and high-fiving fans after the victory when a fan grabbed her hand, pulling her off her feet and popping her should out of joint. The injury last weekend was the first time she had dislocated the shoulder.