Gedion Zelalem Ruled Out of FIFA U-20 World Cup With Knee Injury

CHICAGO (May 24, 2017) — U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team midfielder Gedion Zelalem has been ruled out of the FIFA U-20 World Cup after sustaining an injury to his left knee and was subbed out in the 34th minute of the USA’s opening Group F game against Ecuador.

Zelalem will consult with the medical teams of U.S. Soccer and Arsenal to formulate a treatment plan.

“For Gedion, this was his second U-20 World Cup so his experience was invaluable for us,” U.S. U-20 head coach Tab Ramos said. “His passing ability is second to none in this tournament and we’ll miss that. He was running the team from his position. Having said that, I believe in the players we have here and we've already seen what Derrick Jones can do. We are confident that the team is ready for the next challenge”

Zelalem had recently returned to the U-20 Men’s National Team, making his first appearance since the U.S. faced England on October 10, 2016, in the Four Nations Tournament in Rochdale, England.