U.S. national team midfielder Jose Torres has been out of U.S. national team action for months due to injury, but he was set to return to the fold against Italy next week. At least he was before suffering an injury on Saturday night that appears to have put his national team hopes on hold yet again.
Torres played 90 minutes in Pachuca's 1-1 draw against Tigres on Saturday night, but was forced to play the final 20 minutes with an injury due to the fact Pachuca had already used all three substitutions.
Reports out of Mexico have quoted Pachuca head coach Efrain Flores as saying Torres suffered an injury late in the match and looks unlikely to join the U.S. national team in Italy for Wednesday's friendly.
If Torres is forced out of Wednesday's friendly, he would join Jermaine Jones among national team players injured this weekend. The injuries will likely force U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to make emergency call-ups, with Sacha Kljestan a leading candidate to be called in as a replacement.
As things stand, a central midfield pairing of Michael Bradley and Maurice Edu seems likely to face Italy, though Danny Williams could also get the nod. A pairing featuring an attacking midfielder seems unlikely for a road friendly against a team as strong as Italy.
What do you think of this development? Disappointed to hear Torres is unlikely to play against Italy? Who would you like to see start in central midfield for the United States against Italy?
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