Following John Brooks' return to Germany, Hertha Berlin come out criticizing US Soccer's handling of their star centerback's injury. Now, Brooks is doubtful for Hertha's big Bundesliga clash this weekend against Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Hertha acknowledge that Brooks did pick up a knock in Hertha's final Bundesliga match before the international break, but he boarded the plane to the United States without any problems.
"Instead, he now has 30 flight hours in his bones," Hertha Sporting Director Michael Preetz told Kicker. "And the U.S. association keeps him on site for four, five days without any real examination."
Brooks' agent Kadir Ozdogan weight in on the matter: "I can't imagine that he received the treatment he should have received."
USSF is denying any wrongdoing. From Goal.com's Seth Vertelney:
A U.S. Soccer spokesperson told Goal USA that upon arrival in camp, Brooks told the team's medical staff about his injury. In contrast to Preetz's remarks, the spokesperson said trainers examined Brooks on a daily basis. The center back trained for the first time all week on Thursday and reported that the injury had not improved. He was on a plane back to Germany on Friday morning.
Regardless of what did or didn't happen, this is the second time in six months that Klinsmann's USMNT has butted heads with a Bundesliga club regarding the treatment of a player.
When Klinsmann took over the team, people praised his ability to deal with German clubs as a big asset. Now, all he's doing is angering them.