By ADAM TROXTELL
DeAndre Yedlin has been recovering from a sprained knee ligament he injured playing for the U.S. Men’s National Team, further explaining his lack of appearances at Tottenham.
In the wake of questions regarding Yedlin’s whereabouts, Goal USA is reporting the American wing back severely sprained a medial collateral ligament while playing against Panama during the USMNT’s Feb. 8 friendly. His recovery has restricted him to just one appearance for the Tottenham Under-21 team since he moved to the club in January.
Yedlin has now resumed training with the Tottenham first team, and it was reported earlier this week that the club is giving him extra training sessions. USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Yedlin is still in a good place for his development as a player, even with the injury setback.
“Even if he’s not playing right now, he will grow,” Klinsmann told Goal USA. “Now DeAndre gets an introduction into a roster of maybe 28-30 players, and only 18 can be considered for the weekend game. So he goes through a learning curve now. But his talent, his potential and his capabilities, he’s very important for the senior team already.
“He’s in the right spot because he needs to grow. He will grow eventually. Even if he’s not playing right now, he will grow. It’s absolutely the right thing for him to do. It will take time.”
Goal USA is also reporting that Tottenham is working closely with Yedlin to strengthen his tactical awareness, positioning and reading of the game. While those aspects have always been a weakness of Yedlin’s game, Klinsmann is looking forward to seeing the former Seattle Sounders star learn more and more while with Tottenham.
“These years are learning years. There are up and downs. There are difficulties,” Klinsmann said. “It will take time.”