Injuries mount for key U.S. men's national team players

There was good news, it seemed, in France on Sunday.

After an absence of almost six months with recurring hamstring issues, 19-year-old Tim Weah returned to action with French club Lille.

Weah came on in the 80th minute of Lille's highly anticipated match against Marseille. OM won 2-1 to consolidate its hold on second place, behind runaway leader Paris St. Germain. Lille remained in fourth place, one point behind Rennes in the battle for third place in Ligue 1.

But it was just Weah's bad luck that he was again injured -- suffering another hamstring injury, yet more bad news for the U.S. national team, which has been hard hit by injuries to both sides of the Atlantic.

In Europe ...

Tyler Adams. Adams was hoping to make his Champions League debut after missing the entire group stage with RB Leipzig, but he was ruled out ruled out of RB Leipzig's Bundesliga match against Werder Bremen on Saturday and the Champions League match against Tottenham on Wednesday after suffering a calf injury tear in training last week. RB Leipzig beat Bremen, 3-0, to remain second in the Bundesliga behind Bayern Munich. Adams' calf tear followed injuries that kept him out almost seven months from last May to December

Christian Pulisic. Pulisic was one of the best players for Chelsea when it edged Ajax for second place in their Champions League group, but he hasn't played since Jan. 1 after suffering an adductor injury. He won't be available when the Blues host Manchester United on Monday and his availability for their Champions League match against Bayern Munich on Feb. 25 is uncertain. Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said Pulisic is training with the Chelsea U-23s while he regains his fitness.

Zack Steffen. In his first season at Fortuna Duesseldorf, on loan from Manchester City, Steffen earned three Team of the Week citations from kicker last fall but has not played since December, having suffered from knee tendinitis. He recently went to Manchester to get further tests on his knee. Steffen missed the USA's wins over Canada and Cuba in the Concacaf Nations League in November as he rested his knee.

Duane Holmes. Holmes' strong play for Derby County has put him in contention for a recall to the national team for the friendlies against the Netherlands and Wales at the end of March, but he is awaiting the results of tests on the ankle injury suffered Saturday in Derby's 1-1 home draw with Huddersfield Town. Holmes went off in the 29th minute after he was kicked in the ankle and twisted it, according to Derby County manager Phillip Cocu.

In MLS ...

Michael Bradley. Bradley was one of three Americans named to the 2019 Gold Cup Best XI and captained Toronto FC to MLS Cup 2019, but he suffered an ankle injury in the first half of the final against the Seattle Sounders. In late January, more than two months later, he underwent surgery on the ankle. TFC general manager Ali Curtis said Bradley's ankle injury was "very severe and complicated" and the surgery only came as a last resort. At the time, Curtis put the recovery time as "probably approximately four months."

Miles Robinson. Robinson was the runner-up for 2019 MLS Defender of the Year and is considered one of the top candidates for the U.S. U-23s at center back, but his status is uncertain for Atlanta United's opener Tuesday against Motagua in Honduras after he limped off in the first half of the Five Stripes' final preseason game last week at Mexican second-tier Leones Negros.

Paul Arriola. Arriola, who has been one of the most consistent performers for Gregg Berhalter on the national team, suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury in the first half of D.C. United’s 1-0 win over Orlando City. He is suspected to have torn his ACL in his right knee. Results of an MRI exam Sunday morning in Florida have not yet been made public.

1 comment about "Injuries mount for key U.S. men's national team players".
  1. Wooden Ships, February 17, 2020 at 5:03 p.m.

    Like an old math problem, which of the above named players doesn't really fit in the group? 

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