Chandler sidelined 8-10 weeks with torn left meniscus

Chandler sidelined 8-10 weeks with torn left meniscus

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Chandler sidelined 8-10 weeks with torn left meniscus

Timmy Chandler Nurnberg 2 (Getty Images)

By FRANCO PANIZO

If you were hoping to see Timmy Chandler’s recent strong run of form translate into a U.S. Men’s National Team call-up in March, you will be disappointed to know that an injury has robbed him of that opportunity.

Chandler has been diagnosed with a torn left meniscus and is expected to miss the next 8-10 weeks after sustaining the injury in FC Nurnberg’s 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich on Saturday. Chandler suffered the knock early in the match and had to be removed after just 10 minutes.

The injury comes on the heels of a string of solid club performances from the 23-year-old right back and rules out any chance of him being called into the Americans’ upcoming road friendly vs. Ukraine on March 5.

Chandler had been performing well in recent weeks for Nurnberg – who are now in the relegation playoff spot in the Bundesliga – and many observers believed he could return to the fray with the U.S. next month after not making an appearance since playing in a World Cup qualifier vs. Honduras in February 2013.

The injury has, however, put a dent in his World Cup aspirations and makes the Americans’ right back situation even more concerning.

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What do you think of Chandler suffering a left torn meniscus? Bummed that he will miss the friendly in Ukraine? Still think he has a chance to make the U.S.’s World Cup roster?

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