Lichaj faces double hernia surgery

[AMERICANS ABROAD] Eric Lichaj, who joined English League Championship club Nottingham Forest on a free transfer from Aston Villa last summer, will have to undergo a double hernia operation that effectively ends his slim hopes of making the U.S. World Cup team.

The 25-year-old Lichaj, who played in 24 league and two cup games for Forest this season as a defender, had earned his first call-up to the national team in November 2013 but his injury on March 1 kept him out of the game against Ukraine four days later. No timetable has been set for Lichaj’s return.

Lichaj, a Chicago native who was able to break in at Aston Villa because he carried a Polish passport, had 32 Premier League appearances for Villa in four seasons. He also had loan spells at three clubs.

He has 10 caps for the USA, but his two appearances in November were the first since playing for the USA under Bob Bradley at the 2011 Gold Cup.
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