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Sacha Kljestan won’t let a broken nose hold him back vs. Mexico

Broken nose? No problem.

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Major League Soccer’s Assist King (20 helpers) and USMNT Midfielder Sacha Kljestan will head into the Hex with a broken nose. He suffered the break during a playoff loss to the Montreal Impact on the weekend.

According to reports Kljestan is dealing with ‘clean little breaks’ and will have to wear headgear during training and the match with Mexico.

“It’s broken in a couple of places,” Kljestan said. “It was a pretty bad hit, but I think they’re going to build me a mask and I’ll be OK. It will be interesting, but I’ll get used to it quickly and I’ll be ready to go.

“I had never seen so much blood,” he added. “The difficult part for me was that the blood was coming down my throat, so they didn’t want to let me back on the field until it stopped going down my throat and was just coming out of my nose.”

-Sacha Kljestan; Source: SBI

The 31 year-old playmaker was just recently was brought back into the United States Men’s National team fold. His outstanding performances have made a case for a spot in the starting XI for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers. It had been two years since he’d been called into the National team camp.