Yanks abroad: Jonathan Spector’s rehab suffers setback at Birmingham City

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Jonathan Spector had to be considered a real longshot to come from behind to make a late dash for a World Cup spot. Still, given the instability of the United States at the position he primarily plays (right back), he probably was not completely out of the conversation.

Now, unfortunately for him, he’s even further behind. That’s because Spector will be out of action for his club until January, Birmingham officials reported Saturday. The club said its veteran American defender and co-captain had suffered a setback during his rehabilitation for a thigh injury originally suffered back in mid-October.

Spector, 27, had become a fixture and something of a utility knife for Lee Clark’s team, making appearances as a holding midfielder in addition to performing at his more natural role at right back. The Arlington Heights, Illinois, man was used mostly as a right back during his years at West Ham.

The club says Spector will seek the advice of American specialists on the injury.

Spector did not make an appearance for the United States this year.