USMNT’s Yedlin out of Newcastle opener, may need new scans

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Newcastle manager Steve Bruce says DeAndre Yedlin‘s recovery from surgery has taken longer than expected, meaning new signing Emil Krafth may go directly into the Starting XI against Arsenal.

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Yedlin had surgery on his groin in May, and missed the entire summer for the USMNT. The 26-year-old was expected to feature for Newcastle by preseason, but his delayed return may have pushed the Magpies into action in the transfer market.

He has been training with the team, but has apparently needed a fresh set of scans due to slow progression. He surely won’t like the idea of opening the door to another right back.

From The Chronicle:

“DeAndre Yedlin has had an operation and hasn’t recovered, so it became clear that we needed cover in that area,” Bruce said. “(Krafth) will certainly give us that. He’s an experienced player who has been on the radar for some time. He’ll bring us the experience and know-how that any team needs.”

Krafth has only one training session in the books for Newcastle, so that may be decent news for Arsenal’s amazing array of attackers.

The comments make you wonder whether Yedlin’s issues could extend deeper into the season, perhaps putting his status in question for the Gregg Berhalter’s September call-ups.