USA forward Terrence Boyd will miss the opening months of the 2. Bundesliga season after suffering a partially torn right ACL, his club Red Bull Leipzig announced on Monday.
Boyd, who had scored in a pair of preseason games – including against two-time reigning French champion Paris Saint-Germain – suffered the injury in Sunday's friendly against Queens Park Rangers, a game in which he played the final 45 minutes. He is slated to miss at least 10 weeks, but he won't have to undergo surgery.
The injury rules Boyd out of contention for the USA's friendly against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 and postpones his official debut for his new club, which he joined after two successful seasons (37 goals in all competitions) at Austria's Rapid Vienna. The club's opening game of the season, and the start of the road to promotion, is Saturday against Aalen.
Given the timetable, Boyd's return would come at or around Oct. 6 at the earliest, causing him to miss at least 10 games in all competitions and likely be passed over for the October FIFA international date. If he doesn't suffer any setbacks, he could return against FC Nurnberg on Oct. 16.