Rib injury forces USMNT to send Green back to Hamburg

Rib injury forces USMNT to send Green back to Hamburg

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Rib injury forces USMNT to send Green back to Hamburg

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Julian Green had not been limited at all in training the last couple of days, but U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann still chose to send the youngster back to his club due to a niggling injury.

Klinsmann announced via his Twitter account on Thursday morning that he has allowed Green to return to Hamburg SV due to not being 100 percent recovered from a rib injury.

Green, 19, suffered bruised ribs in a Sept. 20 match against Bayern Munich and returned to training for Hamburg last week, but Klinsmann said the 19-year-old winger was still struggling with the injury earlier this week during the start of the Americans’ preparations for Friday’s friendly vs. Ecuador.

Chris Wondolowski was added to the U.S. roster on Tuesday in case Green was not deemed ready for the match at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, and now seems more likely to see the field in Landon Donovan’s final international game.

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What do you think of Green being sent back to Hamburg? With a likely candidate in Green now gone, who would you replace Donovan with at near the 30-minute mark on Friday? Think Wondolowski will get on the field vs. Ecuador?

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