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USMNT star to miss just 7-10 days with ‘strain’

The injury Giovanni Reyna sustained while on international duty with the United States isn’t serious and will only keep the player sidelined for a short period, Borussia Dortmund boss Edin Terzic has confirmed.

Reyna started both of the USMNT’s recent friendlies against Japan and Saudi Arabia but was withdrawn after just 30 minutes in the latter due to injury.

Given the 19-year-old’s recent fitness struggles, there were fears over how long this latest setback would keep him out and how it could affect the USMNT’s World Cup campaign, which begins against Wales on November 21.

But Terzic has revealed the injury was nothing serious and that Reyna will be back in action soon enough.

“Gio has a strain and will be out for seven to 10 days. Everyone else who were slightly injured during the break are fit for action on Saturday,” Terzic told reporters ahead of Dortmund’s trip to FC Koln this weekend.

Reyna – a product of the NYCFC youth system – has played six games for Dortmund across all competitions this season, starting twice and providing two assists in a 3-0 win over FC Copenhagen in the Uefa Champions League.

At international level, the teenager has 14 senior caps to his name for the United States, scoring four goals and providing one assist. Reyna will form a key part of USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter’s plans in Qatar later this year.

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