The prognosis did not seem like it had any chance of being good as cameras panned to the St. James’ Park tunnel showing DeAndre Yedlin using a trainer as a crutch to limp to the locker room on Saturday. However, Newcastle United announced on Tuesday that the knee injury sustained by the 25-year-old U.S. international “is not serious”.
No specific update was given by the club on what exactly the injury was or how longer he’ll be out of action, but they did say that he is likely to rejoin the team for training “shortly”.
This is obviously the best news anyone could’ve hoped for. Knee injuries are one of the scariest things a soccer player can endure and for Yedlin to come away with a minor problem is great for him.
Most importantly, he won’t miss much time for Newcastle and will hopefully return to Rafa Benitez’s starting lineup when he’s available again. This is also good news for his availability for the first two post-World Cup friendlies for the USMNT. It’s the official beginning of a new cycle and as long as he’s fit, he’ll be looking to cement his spot at right back for the coming years.