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Sauerbrunn, who won two World Cups with the US Soccer Federation, suffered a setback on her return to the Portland Thorns FC on June 3, sources said.
The news was first reported by The Athletic.
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Sauerbrunn is one of several injured American players to miss the tournament, which starts on July 20 in Australia and New Zealand, after striker Mallory Swanson suffered a knee injury in April.
Midfielders Sam Moyes and Catarina Macario were also left out for the defending champions.
Sauerbrunn, 38, is one of the team’s longest serving players with 216 caps. She helped the Americans win World Cup titles in 2015 and 2019. Her most recent international appearance was in a friendly match against Ireland in April.
Head coach Vlatko Andonovski is set to announce his 23-man squad immediately and was reported to have told the players on Thursday whether he planned to sign them.
Information from Reuters is used in this report.
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