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Cameron Carter-Vickers injury could affect John Brooks' playing time

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One of the United States under-23's most important players appears as if he'll be out of action foe a while. Cameron Carter-Vickers has picked up a back injury while playing with Tottenham Hotspur according to various sources. While the extent of the injury hasn't been confirmed by Spurs or U.S. Soccer, it is feared that it could end the 18-year-old's season and thus ruling him out for the upcoming Olympic playoff versus Colombia.

Brian Sciaretta confirmed the injury on Twitter, while an someone with knowledge of the injury claims that it will end the youngster's season.

This would obviously be a very untimely injury for the U-23's with their Olympic birth on the line coming up next week. If Carter-Vickers is unable to play against Colombia, it could force Andi Herzog's hand in asking Jurgen Klinsmann for the services of John Anthony Brooks.

This round of parallel matches with the USMNT and U-23's will offer flexible rosters allowing both coaches to add and swap players in between matches. With CCV out of the equation, it opens a big hole in the U-23 back line that possibly only Brooks is qualified enough to fill.