By FRANCO PANIZO
Bobby Wood was off to a good start since landing at FC Erzgebirge Aue, but his contributions have been put on pause and his season might be over altogether.
Wood will be sidelined for at least two months after picking up a knee injury in Erzgebirge’s match over the weekend, the club announced on its website. Wood sustained a right knee injury early in the second half of the club’s 1-0 loss to Darmstadt on Friday, and a scan has revealed that the 22-year-old forward has a ligament tear and torn meniscus.
“Bobby is projected to be out for eight weeks,” head coach Tommy Stipic told FC-Erzgebirge.de. “This is obviously not good news for us. But we do not give up hope in Bobby Wood being available for the stretch run of the season. Now we have to compensate for his loss. Our squad is deep and well staffed.”
Wood’s timetable for recovery would see him return to the training field in late April, but he would still need to regain match fitness before being able to contribute. Erzgebirge Aue, which is mired in a 2. Bundesliga relegation battle, plays four games in May to close out the season.
The news comes as a devastating blow for Wood, who joined Erzgebirge on a full transfer during the winter transfer window. A U.S. Men’s National Team regular in recent months with hopes of playing at this summer’s Gold Cup, Wood scored two goals in his three appearances for the club.
What do you think of Wood being sidelined for at least two months? Should he just shut it down for the remainder of the campaign? What are his chances of making the USMNT’s Gold Cup team if he does come back before the end of the season?
Share your thoughts below.
Gyau, Boyd, Gatt, Wood 🙁
This was the same knee in which Wood tore his meniscus in 2011, so I think this is more serious for his long-term career than meets the eye.
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What’s is the deal, especially with young Americans in Germany/Northern Europe, and their knees? It’s gotta be the training, weather, or managers beating them up because they knowthey have something to prove. Wood, Gyau, Gatt and a few others.
Not to mention Boyd, Pelosi, Holden and Packwood all dealing with serious injuries as they were breaking through within the last year or two. (With the exception of the the established Holden)
Im waiting for some MLS fanboy to blame Klinsy
I give up…It seems any USA players abroad getting playing time or scoring all of a sudden get the feared knee injury….
This is starting to get weird…one after another and all knees.
What do you think of Wood being sidelined for at least two months?
I think soccer is really tough on the knees. If you play long enough, the odds of a knee injury are fairly high.
The problem with that is the players who are getting hurt haven’t exactly logged a ton of miles on their knees (in comparison to other players around Europe).
Also, my comment is more in reference to all the young American prospects getting knee injuries right when they are starting to find their feet with their clubs.