USMNT’s Johannsson to miss start of Bundesliga season as hip ailment lingers

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Aron Johannsson’s problematic hip kept him from eight months of his first season at Werder Bremen, and is lingering into next season.

Johannsson, 25, scored twice in six Bundesliga matches after moving to Bremen from AZ Alkmaar last summer.

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But it’s been day-by-day and week-by-week stretching into month-by-month, and now it’s going to be even longer.

MLSSoccer.com translated a German report on our favorite Icelandic-Alabaman:

“He will get all the time he needs, but he won’t be able to take part in the preseason,” Baumann told local paper Kreiszeitung. “He naturally plays a role in our squad planning, although we know that he won’t be there for the start of the season.”

“We have a lot of patience. He will certainly help us long-term. But an exact prognosis [when he will return] is really difficult. It’s not a fracture or a tear,” Baumann continued. “It’s not an easy situation for Aron.”

Johannsson has four goals and 19 caps for the USMNT, and was close to a breakthrough on that international stage. Let’s hope that hip finds its way back to a healthy place.