USMNT keeper Tim Howard expected to miss four months

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Tim Howard‘s injury is a lot more severe than originally expected, and he won’t feature again until 2017.

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The U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper left Friday’s 2-1 loss against Mexico with a right abductor injury before halftime, but now Howard is expected to miss up to four months, according to the Washington Post.

(UPDATE: The Colorado Rapids have confirmed that Howard will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair his groin injury in Los Angeles.)

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Howard, 37, has been ruled out for the USMNT’s World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica on Tuesday. If the timetable holds true, Howard’s availability when the MLS season and WCQ resumes in March could also be in jeopardy.

Middlesbrough keeper Brad Guzan is expected to assume the starter’s role for the U.S. when they travel to San Jose to face the Ticos in the second match of the Hexagonal.

Howard will also miss the remainder of the Colorado Rapids run in the MLS Cup playoffs. The Rapids are currently in the Western Conference final against the Seattle Sounders, with the first leg tabbed to begin on November 22.