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Matt Turner sidelined with foot injury, puts USMNT status in doubt

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The U.S. men’s national team will be back in action in under three weeks time for its final window of World Cup Qualifiers, but could be without its No. 1 goalkeeper through injury.

New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner has been ruled out for “a couple of weeks” due to a foot/ankle injury. Revs head coach Bruce Arena confirmed Turner’s absence for the Revolution’s Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal first leg on Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium, which could also keep him out of international matches against Mexico, Panama, and Costa Rica later this month.

“A foot, ankle injury,” Arena said when asked about Turner’s injury. “Timeframe, probably a couple of weeks from now he’ll be available.”

Turner has missed the opening two weeks of the MLS regular season due to his injury and will now miss the Revolution’s quarterfinal tie against Liga MX side Pumas UNAM over the next two weeks. Veteran Earl Edwards Jr. will likely remain in goal for the Revolution after starting in each of the opening MLS matches in 2022.

The New Jersey native has started in eight of the USMNT’s World Cup Qualifiers during the Octagonal round, registering four clean sheets over that span. Turner’s stellar rise both with the Revolution and USMNT helped him earn a transfer to English Premier League side Arsenal in February, which he will officially make the move to London in July.

Gregg Berhalter could be without not only Turner, but also Zack Steffen who continues to recover from a back injury at Manchester City. Steffen has started in three World Cup Qualifiers during the octagonal round, but has not dressed for the Citizens since Feb. 9 or played since Feb. 5.

Ethan Horvath or Sean Johnson would be the likely replacement as the USMNT’s No. 1 against Mexico, Panama, and Costa Rica if both Turner and Steffen are unavailable.

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