By FRANCO PANIZO
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Joe Gyau was not on crutches while walking through the mixed zone, and the initial outlook on his injury is that he escaped a serious one.
Gyau had his night cut short on Friday, suffering what looked to be a serious left knee issue in the first half of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 1-1 draw with Ecuador. Gyau had to be removed from the friendly at Rentschler Field in the 22nd minute and was on crutches on the sidelines and with a bag of ice on his knee shortly thereafter.
U.S. Soccer officials immediately called it a left knee sprain, but there were fears that the injury was much worse and he would miss substantial time.
It appears, for now at least, that that won’t be the case.
“I’m all right. I’m all right,” said Gyau. “It’s just a little bit of meniscus. When I beat the guy down the line I cut it in and my leg kind of gave out on me. They said it’s nothing too serious, just got to get the MRI in Florida and we’ll see what’s up.
“Hopefully it’s just a sprain. They said the worst-case scenario maybe like four weeks (out).”
U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann was disappointed to see Gyau suffer the injury, especially because the the 22-year-old winger looked poised for a strong showing after performing well in last month’s friendly vs. the Czech Republic and the past few days in the Americans’ training sessions.
“We hope it’s not so bad, but he looked really good the last couple of days in training,” Klinsmann said. “I think he showed that in the first couple of minutes, that he was full of energy. That was a bit of a bummer.”
The Borussia Dortmund speedster will now travel with the U.S. to Boca Raton, Florida, to undergo further testing that will determine if Gyau indeed escaped ligament damage and how long he will be sidelined.
The Americans host Honduras on Tuesday at FAU Stadium.
What do you make of Gyau’s comments regarding his injury? Still waiting until you hear the official diagnosis before breathing a sigh of relief? How disappointing is it to see his night and likely his appearance in this camp cut short?
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