CHICAGO (Dec. 29, 2005) - U.S. Men's National Team captain Claudio Reyna will miss at least six weeks of action with a broken ankle. Reyna first injured the ankle in an English Premier League tilt vs. Arsenal on October 22.
Despite the initial incident, the 32-year-old midfielder had been battling through the pain for his club, Manchester City.
"It has been really sore and it didn't feel right," said Reyna, quoted by the Associated Press. "I could not train through the week and I was just trying to get through games."
Reyna is scheduled for surgery on the ankle on Friday, December 30, in the Netherlands.
The injury does not affect U.S. Manager Bruce Arena's January training camp roster, comprised almost entirely of domestic players. Nonetheless, injuries have already taken a toll on that group, with midfielder Chris Klein and goalkeeper Zach Wells replacing the ailing Justin Mapp and Jonny Walker.
Set to open Jan. 4 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., the month-long camp culminates with matches vs. Canada on January 22, Norway on Jan. 29 and Japan on February 10.
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