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Jones still struggling to recover, likely ruled out for World Cup

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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? 

Share your thoughts below.

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  1. We’ve got Edu and Bradley to start, Clark off the bench to hustle a lot and get a yellow card, Feilhaber and Torres as offensive subs. These are the players that have got us where we are, and are the ones who will continue to propel us forward through future cycles; Clark will probably be replaced by Jeffrey, but he’s the exception that proves the rule. While I think he is limited, he did help us during the Confed Cup, and deserves to participate in the world cup.

    Have faith, or at the very least, have fore sight. We need our young midfielders to get a world cup under their belts. Jermaine Jones has as much world cup experience as any of the above, and he hasn’t played in forever!

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  2. Wilyboy…We are not as deep as you think at the CDM spot. Just because we have bodies doesn’t mean we have talented depth.

    And mainly because we don’t have anyone like him at that position. MB-he is a box to box guy. While good he is not great at 1 thing. And he definitely is not a destroyer like Jones.
    Clark–Don’t get me started…good at being a hustle defender and can block shots but by no means should he be considered capable for the WC. The truth of his lack of ability is starting to show in Germany. His biggest weakness is that he cannot for the life of him keep possession. Every time he gets the ball with people around he booms it. Our D never get’s a rest with him on the field.
    Edu–Getting there but doesn’t have the experience, skill, possession ability, nerves, etc that Jones has developed playing in Germany.

    So, when we really look at the CDM spot, especially with BB’s system where we need a really strong one, we don’t have one to foot the bill.

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  3. if Italy and France can trot out old farts and have success with them, then why is it not good enough for the US?

    He will be 32, at 2014 WC btw, as several people have already mentioned

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  4. He needs that plasma-rich platelet therapy. It is odd that he can’t run without pain for a shin injury that needed two ops, since June. I wish he’d come to the US to see Dr. Steadman or Dr. Andrews a long time ago.

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  5. This was about the most predictable headline ever.

    Jones LIKELY out of WC.

    Also, Landon likely will make the squad and Howard will likely start in goal.

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  6. Yeah, I agree. At some point, it might be better to just play through the pain and accept that it will always be there.

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  7. NO WAY. You don’t give a precious roster spot away to a guy that hasn’t played in a year on the mere hope that he can. That’s sheer nonsense.

    By the way, he’s NOT a stud in the Bundesliga right now. He’s just a guy who can’t recover from an injury. And he’s on the bad end of a race against his age.

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  8. He’s not in top form at 28. He hasn’t played in nearly a year. Talk of 4 years from now is ridiculous. At this rate, he many not be playing professionally at that time.

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  9. good point–if he is feeling better by the time bradley names the roster he could take him and wait until the last minute to see if he’s ok. if he can’t pass a fitness test then add the injury alternate. win-win situation. but only if jones at least running without pain by the may roster deadline.

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  10. if success in 2014 is dependent on a 34 yr old defensive mid, we’ll be in big trouble! too bad about jones, i was among the many who thought he’d be a difference maker for the 2010 squad.

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  11. I agree.

    ps. I don’t understand why so many people think that he should be brought into our deepest position when he is battling an injury and hasn’t played in an extremely long time. I know, he plays for Shalke. But he also sounds like he’s a bit of a loose cannon.

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  12. Looks like Ricardo Clark, Benny Feilhaber, Jose Torres and maybe Alejandro Bedoya stand to benefit from this news.

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  13. I don’t understand this injury. No joints are involved, its a shinbone with scar tissue problems from what I understand. I’m sure most poeple know how excruciating the pain is getting kicked in the shin, but it usually goes away shortly and you play on. Its been 9 months for JJ, any cracked bone in the body surely would be healed in that time. Am I missing something? …Any doctors out there for enlightment?

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  14. Did I miss something or were Schalke 04 not in the Champions League knockout rounds two years ago with Jermaine Jones playing a ton for them? They also have been routine top five or six in the Bundesliga since 2005. They’re hardly a mid-table team that is making a good run this year. They’ve proven themselves to be one of the better teams in the Bundesliga over the last few seasons, and Jones was a fixture in their team until he was hurt this summer.

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  15. He is trying, you can’t disagree with that. What concerns me is there are never any reports indicating he is getting closer to returning to play.

    The timeline just seems to push out another day every single day.

    I though I read a couple of months ago that Jones was having a bit of a falling out with his manager. It probably has something to do with the salary he is drawing relative to the contribution being made on the field. My guess is the manager probably feels like Jones should have been back months ago.

    This seems like Jones’ career is borderline in jeopardy.

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  16. If I’m in Bradley’s position, I would gamble and give Jones one of the 23 spots. He still has two months to rehab with Schalke and U.S. docs. More importantly, come late June (if we make the 2nd round) we may have some bumps and bruises in the midfield from group stage play. If his # gets called (even for only a half hour of play) in our 2nd round game, then he strikes me as guy who will intensely embrace what WILL be his only chance @ world cup play. There’s a reason he’s a stud in Bundeslige, there’s a reason he came to the U.S., and it wasn’t to complain about sore shins.

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  17. If JJ went to L.A. to see doctors, I would say he is doing everything he can to be apart of the U.S. team. If he is in top form at 32, I would take him on my side any day.

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  18. I say if he can run by May 15th he is on the plane. A player like that, even if he doesn’t start, is very critical to help close out games. His ability to sit in front of the D for the last 20 minutes, win balls, help link the D to the O and THEN MAINTAIN POSSESSION is something we don’t have. Plus throw in his experience…He makes Clark look like a high school kid.

    I like Clark but Clark is like Ching to me…good for CONCACAF but WAY over matched for the top teams. Sure, Clark can stop people but to win games you have to stop them and then not give the ball back so quick.

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  19. It would be an ESPN/ABC wet dream if Jones, Davies, Onyewu, and Beasley were all on the field for the US during the World Cup. Think of all the sob stories about how they fought back from adversity to make it to this WC.

    Couple that with Rooney, Lennon, Cole, Terry/Bridge, and Becks on the England side and they would need a few hours before the match to show all the sad stories.

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  20. Schalke’s ascent to the top of the Bundesliga this year from mediocrity last season has taken place without Jones (and with a nearly anonymous midfield, in fact — it’s a good young goalie, a world-class striker or two, and one of the best coaches in the world.) They’re not in either European competition this season, so if he gets minutes this year, he’s playing the same opponents Clark is playing. Also, Eintracht has had a pretty good year, and is still in the running for the Europa League, which would be big for them. That he’s on a better team speaks well to his quality, but Clark is a young, developing player.

    In terms of the future, I doubt Jones plays for Schalke next year. They have debt problems, even with an almost certain CL berth, and carrying a veteran player who didn’t contribute to the CL-qualifying campaign doesn’t make sense given that they’ve done it with youth in the midfield.

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  21. Bad news bears. It’d be amazing if he could suit up for the US (obvious). Thanks for the article, I was just looking for some updates on this the other day.

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  22. I wonder if we can count on this guy for post-WC action with the team if he’s not ready for SA. Gold Cups? Confed Cups? WC qualifiers? It’s clear he wants a part of a WC, but I question the guy’s overall motivation to be a part of the team in less high-profile situations.

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  23. Any chance the pain he is experiencing while jogging is due to inactivity and he just needs to power through it? I am sure the docs have discussed this as an option, but to me from far away this either is a guy who doesn’t put in the proper effort in rehab, or is a medical anomaly. If it’s the later, then this is a damn shame, as shin injuries don’t take near this amount of time, so perhaps this got compounded time and again. Not passing judgement here, just talking out the options.

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  24. Can this guy simply be plugged into the team a month before the World Cup and it works out? He’ll be partially fit, not familiar with his teammates, and have to cross cultural (and possibly language) barriers.

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  25. What the heck is wrong with this dudes shin!! Its like his shin is in perpetual sleep mode.

    Just put some Icy Hot on the damn thing and go play.

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  26. John O’Brien 2.0 – Look forward to seeing him play for a beach soccer team near you.

    As an aside, I really do hope he gets well in time for the World Cup, I just don’t think it’ll happen.

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  27. If Jermaine Jones can get back to playing regularly for Schalke 04, I’d rather have him partnering Michael Bradley than someone like Ricardo Clark. This is only because Schalke 04 is one of the best handful of teams in the Bundesliga and Eintracht Frankfurt is, well, not. This is like would you rather have a guy getting consistent minutes at Chelsea or Arsenal or would you rather have a guy getting consistent minutes at Wolverhampton Wanderers or Stoke City? Personally, I’d rather have the guys playing at the top of their leagues and potentially in European competitions as well, not only because that is great experience, but simply getting minutes in those types of teams means you’re that much better of a player. And 33 isn’t THAT old to play in a World Cup. Keep in mind that LanDon and Deuce will be in that sort of ballpark for 2014.

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  28. Rule him out?

    Not until May 15th.

    Bob is drooling to have this guy even at 80%.

    For some perspective, our two other CM’s in Bundesliga who are in our national team 23 ( Bradley and Clark) are on Mid-level/lower half Bundesliga clubs. Jones was regarded as top 3? top 5? midfielder in the Bundesliga last season.

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  29. im pretty sure its either this world cup or no world cup for jones. i mean he would be 33 for the 2014 cycle not super old, but not young enough to warrant anything, and are midfield talent in the US MNT is pretty good so its competitive, its our forward talent that is scarce. he is a beast though so maybe, he will come through.

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