Prior to the United States’ match up against Costa Rica, midfielder Michael Bradley suffered a left ankle injury that could keep him out for the highly anticipated World Cup qualifier next week against rival Mexico.
United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann dropped the news after the team’s loss on Friday night to Costa Rica.
“We are going to travel back tomorrow morning obviously to the U.S. We have everything set up for him to get an MRI, get all the checks done and we will go from there,” Klinsmann said, via Empire of Soccer. “He just rolled his ankle really, really bad. It swelled up right away. He couldn’t put his foot down very good.”
On top of Bradley’s injury, the team will need to proceed with caution because of the yellow card situations surrounding plenty of key players.
“Obviously with the yellow card situation, we are going to sit down now and discuss all the elements we want to change then going forward for the Tuesday game based on what happened tonight,” Klinsmann said. “We knew about the risk, we knew about the situation, it’s always upsetting when it happens. Jozy Altidore’s yellow card at the end was absolutely not necessary but it is what it is. We will adjust to it. If we need to call players in, we will do that still tonight and therefore, we are going to prepare, very focused, on Mexico.”
It will be a pivotal game against the United States vs. Mexico next week, so the team will hope to be as close to full strength as possible.