Timothy Chandler will be out for 8-10 weeks after injuring his knee against Bayern Munich. (Micha Will/Getty Images)
Timothy Chandler's chances of playing his way to a World Cup roster spot just got considerably more limited. The German-born American right back had to be taken off after just 10 minutes in Nurnberg's 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich today, with his club revealing after the match that Chandler had suffered a tear in his lateral meniscus. The club expects him to be out 8-10 weeks.
At the earliest, this would mean Chandler would return for Nurnberg's April 5th contest against Borussia Mönchengladbach. However, and perhaps more important for his World Cup chances, the injury will almost certainly rule Chandler out for the U.S.'s March 5 friendly against Ukraine in Kharkiv. That will be especially frustrating for Chandler and the U.S., with the right back spot seeming to be as wide-open to competition as it ever has been in recent years.
Missing that game will bring Chandler's exile from the U.S. national team to well over a full year, with his last appearance coming in a February 2013 World Cup Qualifier against Honduras. Chandler was hoping
new Nurnberg boss Gertjan Verbeek could help him find a solid run of form with his club, just as the Dutch coach did for Jozy Altidore and Aron Jóhannsson at AZ Alkmaar. But now it looks like Chandler must wait to have that chance.