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Jones ruled out of Azteca clash with foot injury
by Paul Kennedy, March 24th, 2013 6:52PM

TAGS:  germany, men's national team, mexico, world cup 2014


[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.

  1. Bill Anderson
    commented on: March 25, 2013 at 8:07 a.m.
    If you saw the pictures, you'd know that it was a massive puncture. For all of you fools calling for him on the bench, your dreams have come true. Now you'd better say your prayers x10.
  1. Raveen Rama
    commented on: March 25, 2013 at 3:20 p.m.
    Jones not being available for the Mexico game is probably one of the best news I have heard recently!
  1. Chris Sapien
    commented on: March 25, 2013 at 4:25 p.m.
    I usually expect better from you RR. JJ is a consumate professional, who knows how to get under the other team's skin and take them out of their game in mid-field. Why do you think CR tried to punish him early Friday night with hard fouls?? Again, those who bash JJ, don't understand the mix of temperaments necessary to comprise a "team" ready to answer all challenges. Do you think for one minute Becks or JF Torres could fill that role?? Good Luck Maurice, I hope you get plugged-in to continue the strong presense JJ has developed there!
  1. Frank Cardone
    commented on: March 25, 2013 at 8:19 p.m.
    After JJ is given medical attention for his foot he should see a team of doctors who might be able to help him from the neck up. How could anyone who has seen his violent play an cleap shots for his German club team defend this headcase? Does he have potential, yes, but I want no part of him on my club or national team until he matures mentally. Raveen Rama has it right.
  1. Chris Sapien
    commented on: March 26, 2013 at 5:32 p.m.
    Frank, I can respect your opinion......but I think Klinns has the last word at this point. What did you think about the cheap shots he recieved and do you always consider him the instigator? It's a given, we all wish it was not part of the game. But how do you propose we get there, and when it is dished out to your team, what will your resolution be?

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