John Brooks will be out of action for at least three months. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)
By Michael Lewis
Scratch John Brooks from the United States’ next four World Cup qualifying matches.
The center back will be sidelined for at least three months with a torn tendon in his right thigh, his Bundesliga club, Wolfburg announced on its website Wednesday.
The 24-year-old Brooks, who has made 32 international appearances, suffered the injury in the Wolves’ 1-0 victory over Eintracht Norderstedt in the first round of the DFB Cup last week.
He most recently started the U.S.’s 2-0 WCQ win over Trinidad & Tobago in Commerce City, Colo. June 8. Brooks was in the Starting XI for two of the four qualifiers since Bruce Arena took over as head coach.
Geoff Cameron, Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez are Arena’s best options at center back. Former Red Bulls defender Tim Ream, who has featured mostly at right back for the national side recently, also can play in the middle.
The Americans will host Costa Rica in a qualifier at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. Sept. 1, before playing at Honduras Sept. 5.
They will welcome Panama to Orlando, Fla. Oct. 5 before completing CONCACAF Hexagonal play at Trinidad & Tobago Oct. 10.