U.S. Men's National Team

Jermaine Jones sidelined with hairline leg fracture

Jermaine Jones (Getty Images) 

If you were hoping to see Jermaine Jones suiting up for the U.S. national team some time soon, you will have to wait a while longer.

The Schalke 04 midfielder and aspiring U.S. national team player has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his left leg after undergoing a scan to find the source of some lingering pain. There is no timetable on Jones' return to action, but he could be out from six to eight weeks.

That timetable, as well as the time he would need to regain fitness and start playing club soccer again, could push back a potential U.S. national team debut to October. Jones still has to have his request for a change of national team approved by FIFA, but it is expected to be finalized by the Fall.

Also, in an interview with German magazine Kicker, Jones downplayed reports about new Schalke 04 manager Felix Magath's unhappiness with him switching from Germany to the United States (citing concerns about the added travel), stating that he had spoken to Magath and the coach understood his motives for playing for the United States.

What do you think of this news? Disappointed? Were you hoping he could be in Azteca in August? Not worried because the United States can beat anybody, with or without Jones?

Share your thoughts below.

  • Murphy

    This is ok. Let him rest and as long as he’s involved by the fall he will be all set for next summer. No doubt he should be on the team. Him and Bradley would make a great center midfield–two hard nosed players from the Bundesliga. Let Bradley go forward more. It will be great.


  • Tom

    I thought the switch rule would start on Oct 1. So he couldn’t play until then anyway.

    “FIFA also did away with a rule that limited switching national teams to players 21 and younger. According to an e-mail message Monday from the American federation spokesman Neil Buethe, the lifting of the age restriction is effective Oct. 1.”


  • cbr

    crap…i really wanted him in time for azteca but its all good.

    this is why you need depth..you can never be too deep.


  • ukraine

    Wish he could fill in for Michael Bradley in the Confed cup final.

    If he can make a smooth transition in to the MNT, we could have a pretty decent looking midfield. Him and MB as starters and Rico and Benny for subs…not too shabby. If our back 4 can play anything like they have recently we could make some noise in the World Cup


  • matt

    This isn’t the worst news. With the way the team is playing right now, better not to disrupt chemistry and a successful lineup before Azteca. This way, Jones can be introduced in our last few (hopefully meaningless) qualifiers in the fall.


  • Mikemike


    Someone at FIFA said the wrong thing in original statement. He would have been ready for August.



  • Derek

    Matt’s right. He’s not ready to be part of the team. It will take a while. That’s a project WC 2010.


  • BossTweed

    Unfortunate, but we should still have enough talent available to beat Mexico in Azteca provided we play our best.



    Eh… not worried. I like this team as it is now, no need to disturb the chemistry.


  • Supsam

    we actually are getting some serious depth in central midfield: Bradley, Clark, Edu, Kljestan, and now Jones


  • The Gentleman Masher

    Well – I don’t know if I would’ve wanted his very first game with us to be in Azteca anyway.

    We’ll get him in there, and with the short leash we have in regards to red cards, we’ll need him!


  • Angel

    Well lets wait and see, I think we can do it with this lineup against Mexico at the Azteca, Jones will be a plus but I rather have him 110% for this game or the other. So get your Rest Jone and Hope you get well soon.


  • seth

    maybe he’ll move to the EPL too now that his coach doesn’t like his American pride. Send him to Fulham! Let him and Dempsey create a partnership. Alitdore too! Fulham USA legacy!!!!!!


  • Chris

    I think in order for him to be an effective player for the US (gaining chemistry with the team) he needs as many games as possible. I don’t think it will be good for us to throw him in just for the WC camp. Also, we need as many games as we can to determine who actually is the best holding midfielder Clark, Edu, or Jones.


  • Tony in Quakeland

    I was hoping for some Azteca drama from him!

    But really, what better way for him to understand what it means to play for the US than to play in Azteca first game…


  • b-hags

    the prospect of jones missing late summer qualifiers isn’t as disheartning based on ricos recent form. is it possible he would come as an observer to camp? get to know the guys? i think he’d be a bit more impressed by the competitive nature of his teammates seeing them before a game at azteca.


  • Sushant Rao


    What’s with the injury bug to Jones and Edu? We could really have used Edu at the Confed Cup.

    The only silver lining is that we will have a lot of good center / defensive mids come WC 2010. Let’s see, we’ll have Bradley Jr, Feilhaber, Clark, Edu, Jones and don’t forget about Adu & Torres who are more suited to center than the wings.

    I wonder who on the Confed Cup roster won’t make the WC’10 roster with Jones and Edu joining. My vote is for DMB and Klestjan to not make it. The call is easy to make but I still hate that they sit because I still think they have a lot to give the Nats (provided they improve their form).

    Ives, after the Gold Cup, you should do a preliminary roster to see who the starters & backups should be for Azteca.

    For example, I can’t see Ching replacing Davies as the starting forward, but I do believe Ching will replace Casey as the forward sub off the bench (though Dempsey should be the first one to get moved to forward if Altidore/Davies are to sit).

    Also, I wonder where Adu & Torres fit in. Before the Spain game, I was all set to watch the 3rd place game so I could watch Adu / Torres in action.

    I still think that Adu / Torres will be called into action on Sunday if we are behind by a goal and need some offense (take Clark off and add Adu or Torres). No way BB should bring on Sacha or DMB. The extra “cover” that DMB brings was nowhere to be found and Sacha didn’t do much while he was on the field.


  • goalscorer24

    Too bad, would have been nice to have him for Azteca. But we should have enough talent to get the job done.


  • Fred

    Honestly, with the way Clark’s been playing at the Confeds Cup, Jones can take as long as he needs to heal.


  • Gary

    i wish i could switch him to the USMNT in FIFA09, but it won’t let me move him. pisses me off.


  • kofix5

    Too bad but the reality is that players get injured and players get cards. Adding Jones to bolster our line-up is definitely a plus


  • ThaDeuce

    not worried at all. he’ll get here when he gets here, and he’ll make the desired difference when he does. Yeah, I’m on easy street, we can beat anyone.


  • Johnny Boy

    I’ve always liked Clark but thought that he needed a move abroad to smooth out the rough edges.

    If Rico can get a move abroad and then get some playing time then between him, Edu, Jones, Bradley, Benny and the jets, etc. the US should have some pleasant problems leading up to the WC.


  • Michael F. - SBI MAfia Original

    We don’t need him to beat Mexico. They’re terrible. And I wonder if the same guys posting here who “can’t wait for Jones” are the same guys who blast Rossi. I’m just saying…


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