Report: Jermaine Jones close to Rapids, USMNT return

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The quotable Jermaine Jones is close to finally returning to the pitch for the playoff-bound (!!!) Colorado Rapids, and now we know why it’s taken so long.

His description of the fallout from his July 7 knee injury sounds like a barbecue cook discussing his plans for dinner.

[ PST: “This guy’s crazy, but he can play” ]

The quote comes from The Denver Post’s John Meyer, who reports that one of Jones’ LCLs was almost completely removed from the rest of his knee.

From The Denver Post:

“This is why it took so long,” Jones said. “We were trying to keep it (quiet). But it was a bad injury and I was lucky. The doctor told me if it was ripped from the bone (completely) I would be out 6-8 months. It’s 14 weeks I think.”

But Jones is billing himself as Colorado’s playoff addition, even if he plans on getting a few minutes in Sunday’s regular season finale against Houston.

It also means he’s very much in play to return to the USMNT midfield for next month’s big World Cup qualifiers against Mexico and Costa Rica.

The Rapids have already clinched no worse than the West’s No. 2 seed, and will also be competing in next season’s CONCACAF Champions League regardless of whether they nab the Supporters’ Shield thanks to FC Dallas winning the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.