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Aron Johannsson nearing return to competitive matches with Werder Bremen

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Aron Johannsson’s road back to competitive action has been a long one, but this Sunday could represent a major step forward for the U.S. Men’s National Team striker.

The forward appeared in a pair of Werder Bremen friendlies last week, and could now be in line to make his competitive return to action this Sunday for a German Cup meeting with third-division side Lotte. Werder Bremen coach Viktor Skripnik pegged Johannsson as one of several possible replacements for Claudio Pizzaro, who will miss the next 10 days due to injury.

According to reports, the club is not fully confident in Johannsson’s ability to withstand a full competitive match and could split time with fellow forward Lennart Thy.

“Aron is a good alternative,” Skripnik said. “He puts pressure on the other players. “

Joahnsson recently returned from an 11-month injury absence. The USMNT forward scored two goals in his first six matches with Werder Bremen, but saw his first Bundesliga campaign cut short due to a hip injury. Surgery followed, keeping Johannsson out of action until just last week, when he played a combined 75 minutes in a pair of friendlies.

What do you expect from Johannsson this year? See him earning minutes with Werder Bremen?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Yeah fingers crossed. We have to be the most snake bitten nation in the world when it comes to player injuries, dating back to the days of Johnny O’Brien smdh….when you think of Gyau, Gatt, Davies, O’Brien, Gooch, Boyd and now ArJo(i’m sure i’m missing a few more), that is a lot of talent shelved due to injuries. The more recent ones may never be the same players again, which is unfortunate but the reality of the situation and of sport. Here’s to hope though!

      • DLOA, yeah how could I ever forget Stuey smdh….his injury due to that reckless hack DeJong really didn’t sit well with me, he was on his way to doing big things in English football and as a result the Nats but I guess it just wasn’t meant to be

    • The USMNT has had a long history of players derailed by injury, in many cases cutting short the players career or occurring right before major tournaments….

      Reyna was injured to start 2002 WC, Chris Armas before 2006 WC, John O’Brien, J. Jones (injured before 2010 WC), Davies, Gooch, Holden, Cherundolo (2014 WC), Gyau, Gatt, Boyd, Johannsson,

      The problem that we’ve had with injures have effected the US more than many other nations because of our overall lack of depth. When we lost a player in Europe in most cases we lacked a quality replacement for that player.
      While our depth has greatly improved over the past 20 years, we are not yet at a point where we can afford to replace players at the top end of our player pool….we have been able to find decent depth beyond the starting XI.


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