Brenden Aaronson anticipated to skip Assertive WCQs Due To Knee Injury; USMNT

Brenden Aaronson of Red Bull Salzburg is the latest injury concern for the United States men’s national team ahead of upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Mexico, Panama, and Costa Rica.

According to the team’s Twitter feed, Aaronson was removed from Sunday’s Starting XI after experiencing “knee problems” in warmups, adding to Gregg Berhalter’s list of injury and fitness issues.

Aaronson will join the USMNT camp this week, according to US Soccer. Aaronson, Red Bull Salzburg, and US Soccer have yet to confirm his status and availability.

Aaronson suffered an MCL injury, according to ESPN’s Taylor Twellman, and will be out for 2-4 weeks while he recovers. He will be unavailable for the USMNT’s final three World Cup qualifying games, which begin this week.

Juventus’ Weston McKennie is out for the season, but Chris Richards, a young Hoffenheim loanee, has been working his way back to fitness. Giovanni Reyna, the playmaker for Borussia Dortmund, has only recently returned to sub work after a lengthy injury layoff in Germany.

Aaronson, 21, has five goals and ten assists in 35 appearances for Salzburg this season across all competitions, including assists in each leg of the Austrian club’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 ties with Bayern Munich.

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