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Jermaine Jones reportedly out six weeks with meniscus surgery

Sep 29, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT

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You can cross Jermaine Jones off the list of available midfielders for the final round of CONCACAF hexagonal World Cup qualifying.

The 31-year-old will need surgery to fix a meniscus tear, according to German media outlet BILD.

(Jones would later tweet a denial of impending surgery)

His club, German side Schalke, have not included him in their squad to face Basel in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The article quotes Jones with saying, “It’s true that the club has taken me from the squad so I can take the time to repair my meniscus. Regardless of what the club decided now, surgery eventually would have been inevitable because of the persistent pain.”

This means that it’s very possible Jurgen Klinsmann could be without both Jones and Michael Bradley, his favorite pairing in the middle of the pitch.  Bradley is still recovering from the ankle injury he suffered in warmups during the last round of qualifying and it’s unclear whether he will be ready.

The U.S. face Jamaica on October 11 and Panama on October 15, having already qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

  1. godsholytrousers - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Who will the US call for that spot in the last two games of the Hex?
    It was already an interesting question considering we have qualified after beating Mexico, but now injuries are pushing toward a more extreme shift in ideas.

    I like Beckerman to consolidate the midfield as he did against El Tri with Mix Diskerud in front of him.

  2. hildezero - Sep 29, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Deuce is the best midfielder the US has. After him, it would be Bradley and Jones. So Klinsy is gonna have to start all his best players and find some replacements for both of them. I say Beckerman and Mix.

    • supercoop8 - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      I’m not sure why moderate success in England has catapulted Dempsey as the best American player in the eyes of some US fans. The USMNT looks lost when Bradley is out, and Donovan works a hundred times harder off the ball than Clint does. Dempsey is an important part of the USMNT, but to say he is the best midfielder is delusional or age telling.

      • bear06 - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:06 AM

        Bradley was missed but the team did not look lost against Mexico.

      • supercoop8 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        Lost might have been hyperbolic but without his presence possession becomes much more arduous. Mexico was pressing the outside mids and forcing turnovers because they knew the center was less of an outlet. My point was that Bradley is more important to the success of the USMNT than Dempsey. Dempsey has an incredible instinct for finding open space inside the 18 and finishing goals, but he is not the best American mid.

  3. dfstell - Sep 29, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Heck with taking these next two games seriously…. Let’s just call in a bunch of dual-national kids for the next two games and cap-tie them AND screw of Mexico in the process. OR….if the kids go down to Panama and win, that’s a bonus because we’ve found some good kids for the future.

  4. futbol247365 - Sep 29, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    To maintain momentum and to improve our world cup seeding we most certainly need to take the next 2 games seriously. Beckerman and Diskerud will most likely get the start.

  5. hildezero - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Your an idiot if you think Deuce is not the best player that US Soccer has. Deuce is a midfielder and sometimes can play as a forward, but he’s definitely the best midfielder there is. Are you really trying to say that Bradley is better than Deuce?

    • bear06 - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:09 AM

      You can’t accuse someone being an idiot if you were supposed to say “you’re” instead of your”.

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