The Red Stars dropped points at home on Saturday, and for many fans the result wasn’t the most concerning thing about the game.
During the second half, defender Taylor Comeau collided with Washington midfielder Kristie Mewis. Soon after the incident the referee halted play for a hydration break. Comeau was noticeably struggling after the collision and in the immediate aftermath, and several eyewitness accounts say the player was coughing up blood during the water break. She was substituted moments later and went straight to the locker room. After the full time whistle, an ambulance took her to a nearby hospital.
Earlier today, the Red Stars disclosed the nature of Comeau’s injury: pulmonary contusion.
This kind of injury is fairly common with blunt trauma to the chest, and while it’s something that does require immediate attention, it’s usually not very debilitating. All things being equal, pulmonary contusions tend to heal within a week, and it’s entirely possible Comeau will be available for selection for next weekend’s clash at home to Sky Blue FC.
But there is legitimate concern that complications could arise— up to and including pneumonia. Basically, when your lungs are bleeding, you don’t want to take chances, so everything Comeau and the club are doing right now is out of an abundance of caution.
The 23-year-old is at home resting and is due for another evaluation on Wednesday. We at Hot Time wish her a full and speedy recovery.