Hope Solo, Seattle Reign goalkeeper, surprised the soccer world today by alerting us to the news that she has had her right shoulder replaced for the second time. Solo broke the news in a Facebook post.
One statement from Solo's post was particularly surprising: "For the first time in years, I can raise my right arm above my head." There have been many complaints that Jill Ellis started Hope Solo no matter what, and knowing that she had limited motion makes Ellis' decision even more surprising.
This isn’t the first time that Solo has had her shoulder worked on. In 2011, she underwent surgery to repair the same shoulder. Only 9 months before the 2011 Women’s World Cup, Solo went under the knife. She made it back to 100% in just 9 months, leading the U.S. to another World Cup final.
Solo didn't go into detail about the extent of her injury, or how long she's been dealing with it, but she did tweet a link to this website, which implies she's been dealing with shoulder arthritis. Solo had the surgery done at at the University of Washington Medical Center with a team led by Dr. Frederick Matsen. Dr. Matsen is a professor in the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Washington as well as a shoulder reconstructive surgery specialist.
In Solo's own words she, "look(s) forward to coming back healthier and stronger than ever." Will we see her in uniform for the Seattle Reign in 2017? Only time will tell.