Tottenham Hotspur defender DeAndre Yedlin caused some alarm after limping off in the 72nd-minute of the US national team's 2-0 win over Panama, but head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has told sbisoccer.com that he doesn’t believe the issue is serious.
Yedlin, 21, went down clutching his right leg after being on the receiving hard of a poor challenge from Panama defender Luis Ovalle, with the right-back unable to continue following treatment from the medical staff.
Klinsmann insists he was just taken off as a precaution, however, and, doesn’t expect Monday’s planned evaluation to reveal any lingering problems.
“With DeAndre, I don’t have the details now,” he said. “It’s not as bad, but we just moved forward and took him out. He should be fine.”
Having made his permanent move to Tottenham last month, Yedlin completed just one 60-minute outing for the Under-21s during his first few weeks at the club, before being allowed to head off to join the USA for their winter training camp friendlies against Chile and Panama, in order to help get his match fitness up.
However, after a somewhat laboured showing in last week’s 3-2 defeat in Chile, the 12-times capped international didn’t fare much better on Sunday afternoon at the StubHub Center, with his defensive contributions coming in for particular criticism.
Now set to head back to north London to resume his club career, fans will hope the knock isn’t something serious enough to hamper his start to life at White Hart Lane, given he faces a tough enough task as it is in adapting to the rigours of English football.
For what it's worth, though, Yedlin himself doesn't appear too concerned at this point judging from his post-match tweet.