NEWS
08/27/2015 13:17 EDT | Updated 08/27/2016 01:12 EDT

Christine Sinclair injury may be less serious than originally thought

TORONTO — The prognosis on Canadian captain Christine Sinclair, who had to be helped off the field last weekend in a NWSL game, may be better than initial reports suggested.

Sinclair's left leg was hurt in a collision with Sky Blue goalkeeper Brittany Cameron in the Portland Thorns' 1-0 loss in New Jersey on Saturday.

"Fingers crossed," Thorns coach Paul Riley said earlier this week, according to the Oregonian. "It looks pretty bad. She said she heard a pop when she came off the field."

The Oregonian reported that Sinclair watched the Thorns' practice Wednesday with ice on her ankle. 

While Sinclair was slated to undergo an MRI this week, a Thorns spokeswoman said Thursday there was no update available. But Canadian national team coach John Herdman said his understanding was the injury is not that serious.

The Canadian team medical staff is scheduled to be in Portland this weekend to see for themselves.

There may be more definite word on the injury when the National Women's Soccer League weekly injury report comes out Friday.

The 32-year-old Sinclair is Canada's all-time leading scorer with 155 goals in 227 international appearances.

The next major challenge for the Canadian women is the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament, set for February in Texas.

The Canadian Press