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Howard Out Of USA Games

The keeper is withdrawn from the USA squad with a foot injury.

Howard Out Of USA Games

Tim Howard has been withdrawn from the USA squad that will play two friendlies during the current international break.

The Blues keeper has damaged fibres on the underside of his foot and the decision was made to pull him from the matches in Slovakia on Saturday and Denmark the following Wednesday.

“I have spoken to the US medical team and they are perfectly happy with the situation,” said Everton’s Head Physio, Mick Rathbone.

“We’ll work with Tim here and monitor the injury very closely.”

USA comfortably qualified for the World Cup from their CONCACAF group and Head Coach Bob Bradley will use the two European friendly games as a chance to take a closer look at some of the players trying to force their way into his thinking.

Howard will undoubtedly be the number one choice between the sticks after keeping six clean sheets during the qualifying run but there will inevitably be other places up for grabs.

“These matches present a terrific opportunity to continue building on the nucleus of our team, and at the same time evaluate more of the player pool against very good opponents,” said Bradley.

“We are very pleased with what we have accomplished in a long and challenging year, and we move forward with the goal of getting ourselves ready to be a competitive team in the World Cup.”

To read Mick Rathbone's latest blog from the treatment room click here.

Danny Bandellunluky timmy but i agree with mark its best for the blues haha just make sure your back by then COYB!!!!

Thursday 12th November 09:54 Report Comment

Mark MckC.O.Y.B Unlucky Timmy lad but tbh its better coz u will be fit for the man u game ;) an id like to say to Richard, being a keeper myself its not very hard to injure yourself lol, its actualy very easy for example, playin on hard surface an lets say u land wrong, very painfull haha so its not as hard as you think :P C.O.Y.B!!!!

Thursday 12th November 01:27 Report Comment

Peter FrydWell, now there's no need to go and get a ticket for the Denmark-USA game. Greetings from acroos the North Sea

Wednesday 11th November 17:58 Report Comment

phillip jonessuper tim unsung hero coyb

Tuesday 10th November 20:12 Report Comment

DAVE HUNTERInternational break couldn't have come at a better time hopefully give the players who are not on international duty time to rest and better still may have a couple back from injury

Tuesday 10th November 16:42 Report Comment

Richard GreyGive it a good rest Tim, we desperately need you, particularly now since Jags is out. It shouldn't be too serious because it must be prettty hard to badly injure yourself as a goalkeeper! We need as many players available as we can for the Man U game. COYB!

Tuesday 10th November 12:21 Report Comment
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