[MEXICO-USA] The new central midfield pairing of Michael Bradley and Jermaine
Jones in World Cup qualifying lasted all of one game. Jones has returned to Germany after suffering a foot injury in the USA's 1-0 win over Costa Rica Friday night. The injury, which happened
in the first half of Friday's game and required stitches at halftime, complicates Jurgen Klinsmann's plans for Tuesday's qualifier against Mexico at Azteca
Stadium. The likely choice to replace Jones is Maurice Edu, though Edu is also considered an option in the middle of the backline.
Jones posted a photo of the injury and tweeted, "Good luck for my boys at Azteca stadium on Tuesday! I am traveling home, my feet is too bad."
Jones' injury leaves Klinsmann without all four German-Americans who started the Hexagonal opener against Honduras. Fabian Johnson and Timmy Chandler are injured and Danny Williams is ill.
Of the 11 starters in the USA's 1-0 win over Mexico at Azteca in August 2012, only four are available for Tuesday's game. Besides Johnson, Williams and Jones, also out are Tim Howard, Fabian Johnson and Edgar Castillo (all injured) and Landon Donovan (on leave).
Edu played well at central defender alongside Geoff Cameron in the USA's first ever win at Azteca.
Also available to start in midfield in Jones' place is Kyle Beckerman, who started in the Azteca win. Joe Corona has recently been playing well in central midfield for Mexican Torneo Apertura champion Tijuana.