This means nothing in any technical sense of the matter, but Jeff Carlisle of ESPN is reporting via Twitter that highly-touted youngster Julian Green will practice for two days with the USMNT in Frankfurt ahead of their friendly with Ukraine.
Carlisle also reiterated that Green will not participate in the match. Jeff said the player’s father, Jerry, is the one who informed him of the player’s trip. US Soccer confirmed the report.
Born in Tampa, the 18-year-old German-American is a hot prospect eligible to play for both countries, and Jurgen Klinsmann is doing his darndest to convince him to pick the United States.
Having played for the German U-19 squad, Green must file for a one-time switch in order to play for the United States, and he’s publicly stated in the past that he is not ready to do so at this time.
Again, the immediate impact this has is little to none, but the fact Green is open and willing to spend time with the senior US squad is a very positive sign that more good could come of this down the road.
Green currently plays for Bayern Munich’s youth squad, and made his senior team debut back in November, coming on as a substitute in their Champions League match against CSKA Moscow. It’s his only appearance for the club thus far.
The friendly between the US and Ukraine will take place on March 5.
After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.
The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury.
Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”
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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.
If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.
To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.
Mario Gotze could be out of action until 2016 after picking up a groin injury on international duty.
The Bayern Munich midfielder suffered a tendon tear in his abductor muscle while stretching for a ball in Germany’s 1-0 loss to Ireland in EURO qualifiers on Thursday. He was taken off in the 35th minute.
Ruled out for 10-12 weeks, Gotze is likely to miss the rest of the first half of the season for Bayern. Their last league match of 2015 is on December 19, which is 11 weeks away. The Bundesliga then goes on winter break, with Bayern’s next match not until January 23.
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Gotze will miss both of Bayern’s upcoming Champions League matches against Arsenal, which is good news for the Gunners as they are in desperate need of a result.
However, Arjen Robben is back in training and will make his return to action within the coming weeks. After starting the Bundesliga seasons with eight wins out of eight, Robben’s return would add just another weapon to Pep Guardiola’s dominant attack.
Robben has not played since being injured in early September while playing for the Netherlands, and could feature for Bayern against Werder Bremen next week.