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Alex Morgan close to 100 percent as U.S. prepares for Australia

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- With the United States' first game at the Women's World Cup less than 48 hours away, star forward Alex Morgan is almost back to full health.

According to a team representative, Morgan trained fully with the U.S. team Saturday. She was shut down in April due to a lingering bone bruise in her left knee.

The assembled press was able to view only the first 15 minutes of Saturday's practice, and while Morgan did have some orthopedic tape on her knee, she appeared to be moving freely and without any discomfort as she participated in drills with her teammates, which included work with the ball.

Morgan's last appearance for the U.S. came on April 4 in a 4-0 win over New Zealand. Her last competitive match was on April 11, when she played 75 minutes for the Portland Thorns.

The Thorns then decided to keep Morgan out of competitive matches as a precautionary measure, and U.S. manager Jill Ellis, in conjunction with the team medical staff, decided on a similar form of recovery in a bid to rid Morgan's knee of any discomfort.

Earlier this week, Ellis told The Associated Press that she was "very pleased with the progress" that Morgan has made. Ellis was not available for comment Saturday.

Morgan has scored 51 goals in 84 appearances for the U.S.