Contrary to earlier reports, midfielder Jermaine Jones will not need meniscus surgery. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Midfielder Jermaine Jones will be with the U.S. national team when it gathers in Kansas City next week, SI.com has learned. There had been reports in Germany on Sunday that Jones would have meniscus surgery and miss up to six weeks of action, but that surgery is not happening and Jones will fly to Kansas City ahead of the U.S.’s World Cup qualifier against Jamaica a week from Friday.
Jones will sit out Schalke’s Champions League game against Basel on Tuesday as part of a disciplinary action within the team following his play in Schalke's weekend tie against Hoffenheim.
Jones has been an integral part of the U.S. World Cup qualifying effort, starting every qualifier this year in which he has been healthy and eligible to play. Although the U.S. clinched a berth in World Cup 2014 last month against Mexico, coach Jurgen Klinsmann has said he will bring his best possible team to the remaining two qualifiers in October.