After starting RB Leipzig's last five games following a six-month
injury layoff, Tyler Adams has been sidelined again.
Adams will miss RB Leipzig's Bundesliga match against Werder Bremen on Saturday and the UEFA Champions League match against Tottenham on Wednesday after injuring his calf in training.
"There's some bad news," Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann said in his team update on Thursday. "Tyler Adams pulled his calf yesterday. He will definitely miss Werder and Spurs."
Adams starred for Leipzig after he arrived in January 2019 but suffered a groin injury two months later and was sidelined for almost two months. He returned for the German Cup final but did not play after that until the last game of the fall.
In addition to his groin injury, he was bothered by a foot injury.
On Sunday, Adams started in second-place Leipzig's 0-0 tie at leader Bayern that kept the teams one point apart at the top of the Bundesliga standings.
Adams was playing a hybrid role similar to what U.S. national team coach Gregg Berhalter set out for him on the national team. The irony is that Berhalter recently said he saw Adams as a central midfielder -- the role Adams had last season at Leipzig.
Adams isn't the only young American star plagued by leg injuries.
Tim Weah has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since August though he could play for new club Lille when it faces Marseille on Sunday.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) has missed the last six weeks with an adductor injury while Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen) was out for the last four Bundesliga games of 2019 with a hamstring injury.
Fortuna Duesseldorf keeper Zack Steffen hasn't played since December because of a knee ailment and has returned to Manchester City, which owns his contract, to have the knee evaluated.
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