American forward Josh Sargent will be shut down for the rest of 2019 thanks to a groin injury.
Werder Bremen said the injury first arose during USMNT duty and has bothered the 19-year-old in recent weeks.
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Sargent has two goals and three assists in 13 matches this season, playing mostly a center forward or primary striker role.
Here’s Bremen head coach Florian Kohfeldt:
“Since this is a small, deep-set muscle, the problems only occur at certain, very specific loads, which is why he was able to play and train for so long with problems. We will now give Josh’s injury time to properly heal, then he will get back to training in January.”
There are four more match days in the Bundesliga before the league goes on holiday break until mid-January.
Josh Sargent’s maturation continues to impress with the American youngster collecting an assist in Werder Bremen’s 4-1 cup win over Heidenheim in the German Cup on Wednesday.
Sargent started and went 90 minutes in second round match as the heavily-favored home side scored four goals in the first 41 minutes.
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The 19-year-old from Missouri knocked down a hard short-range pass and drove upfield before cutting a pass into the path of Leonardo Bittencourt.
The assist gives him three to go with a goal in his last five matches, this match being by far the easiest in a brutal run of fixtures for Bremen.
Sargent assisted at the weekend at Bayer Leverkusen. Bremen sits 12th in the Bundesliga with 10 points, and next up are Freiburg, Schalke, Borussia Monchengladbach, and Wolfsburg.
Josh Sargent thinks Werder Bremen is trending upward.
The in-form American teenager added another assist on Saturday as his Bundesliga side drew 2-2 away to Bayer Leverkusen.
Sargent took a flick and moved between two defenders to lay off for Davy Klaassen‘s equalizer ay BayArena.
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Sargent, 19, now has two goals and two assists on the season, all but one goal coming in his last four matches. Those have all been draws against decent competition, as Borussia Dortmund, Eintracht Frankfurt, Hertha Berlin, and Bayer have accounted for three 2-2 score lines and a 1-1.
Sargent has started Bremen’s last five matches in the Bundesliga and six of its last seven.
The Missouri native is getting incredibly valuable experience, and growing in confidence.
Bremen is up 12th with 10 points, and sees its tough run of fixtures turn murderous. Next up are Freiburg, Schalke, Borussia Monchengladbach, and Wolfsburg.
Of the eight-opponent run, only 11th place Hertha sits lower than ninth.
Another Saturday in the Bundesliga, another nutty set of results allowing a side the chance to claim the top of the league on Sunday.
David Wagner, Weston McKennie and Schalke are the ones licking their lips this time, knowing that a win at Hoffenheim will boost them into first.
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Wolfsburg remains unbeaten with a draw, and dropped points for Borussia Monchengladbach, RB Leipzig, and Bayern Munich means an absurd nine teams are within two points of the top of the table.
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Borussia Monchengladbach
Gladbach’s stay atop the league could last just one match day, as Thorgan Hazard set up Marco Reus for a 58th minute goal and a place one point back of the top.
Werder Bremen 1-1 Hertha Berlin
Josh Sargent’s 7th minute goal didn’t stand up, thanks to Hertha’s electric Dodi Lukebakio scoring with 20 minutes to play. Watch the American striker’s goal, here.
Augsburg 2-2 Bayern Munich
The champions’ stumbles continued, with first minute concession providing a test. Bayern’s red hot pair delivered a lead, with Robert Lewandowski answering in the 14th minute, and Serge Gnabry supplying a 49th minute lead.
Stoppage time was the downfall, though, as Alfred Finnbogason helped himself to the equalizer with all kinds of questions for the Bayern defense.
Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 Bayer Leverkusen — Friday
Union Berlin 2-0 Freiburg
Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-0 Mainz
RB Leipzig 1-1 Wolfsburg
Koln v. Paderborn — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Hoffenheim v. Schalke — Noon ET Sunday
Oh, look: Josh Sargent got proper service and scored. Weird.
The United States men’s national team man was on an island against Canada earlier in the week, but became part of an archipelago as Werder Bremen took a 1-0 home lead over Hertha Berlin at the Weserstadion.
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Sargent started the move with a flicked pass to Maximilian Eggestein, then found the cutback offer and put the business end of a 1-2 into the goal via a wicked deflection.
It’s the 19-year-old’s second Bremen goal of the campaign to go with an assist against Borussia Dortmund in late September.