U.S. men's national team winger Joe Gyau will likely be out until January with an unspecified left knee injury, Jurgen Klinsmann confirmed to reporters Monday afternoon.
Gyau was injured in the early stages of Friday's 1-1 draw with Ecuador, falling to the ground after a non-contact injury. Early reports suggested he would miss 2-to-4 weeks, but Klinsmann revealed that his layoff would be considerably longer in a press conference the day before the USA takes on Honduras in a friendly at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. He did not shed light on the specific nature of the injury, but said Gyau had returned to Germany, where he plays for Borussia Dortmund, to undergo surgery.
“Its unfortunately not a little minor thing – he is getting surgery back in Germany and he will be out probably until January," Klinsmann said. "Unfortunately that is the result of an MRI that was taken here, he flew over to Germany and their team doctors decided to have him undergo surgery, so he will be out for quite a while. That is a real bummer, because he really gave us some spark."
The 22-year-old Gyau, who was making just his second senior national team appearance with the USA, had begun to break his way into Dortmund's first team after joining the club over the summer, and the injury is a setback for him for both club and country. The timetable rules him out of a pair of November friendlies (the Americans have confirmed a Nov. 18 match against Ireland in Dublin; Croatia has announced a Nov. 12 friendly in London, but U.S. Soccer has yet to confirm it), and puts him on the shelf for Dortmund, likely through the Bundesliga's winter break.
Dortmund's final game before the month-long break is Dec. 20, and the club resumes play Jan. 29.