By FRANCO PANIZO
Since suffering a shin injury last June, Jermaine Jones has aimed to recover in time to play in his first World Cup, but that goal looks unlikely as Jones has yet to make significant progress.
Jones traveled to Los Angeles earlier this week to visit U.S. national team physicians in search of finding an answer to his injury. Unfortunately for Jones, there appears to be no immediate recovery as he still cannot jog without pain.
Jones is still hopeful of playing in the World Cup, but is first targeting to make a return by playing for Schalke's reserve team before season's end. But with only a month left before the U.S. announces its World Cup team, it appears Jones' time to make the team has run out.
Having suffered the injury last June, Jones is enduring the biggest struggle in his career, having gone through a pair of surgeries and multiple attempts at rehab in the past year.
Jones turns 29 in November of this year and could still suit up for the U.S. in the 2014 cycle.
What do you think of this development? Think it's time to just rule him out of the World Cup? Do you see Jones contributing next cycle?
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