The knee injury suffered on Monday by American striker Kenny Cooper while training with his German second-division club, 1860 Munich, is not as severe as first feared by coach Ewald Lienen, who thought it might be an ACL tear.
"It was a twist injury in the right knee," Lienen told
Cooper, who played 11 minutes in the U.S.' final World Cup qualifying game, a 2-2 tie against Costa Rica on Oct. 14, joined 1860 Munich last summer from FC Dallas.
He scored twice in his first two league games and notched a goal in the German Cup. Cooper then went scoreless in five straight starts and was used as a late sub in the last four league games, having lost his starting spot to 18-year-old Peniel Mlapa.