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Joe Gyau may have to undergo surgery on knee

Mike Lawrie

Joe Gyau's injury may not be as minor as initial reports indicated. According to Florian Groeger, Sports Editor at Dortmund paper Ruhr Nachrichten, the American has a torn meniscus and bone bruise that may require surgery.

Gyau injured his knee in the United States' 1-1 draw with Ecuador on Friday and, at first glance, it looked like a very serious injury. The post-match news on the attacker was good, with it apparently being no more than an MCL speain, but now it looks like it may actually be worse than that.

The report indicates that Borussia Dortmund was put Gyau through a scan today to determine the extent of the injury and whether he needs surgery. Jurgen Klinsmann already sent Gyau back to his club so the diagnosis and care is in BVB's hands now.

If Gyau does need an operation, it will not be too bad. Meniscus tears are relatively easy to fix and he should not miss more than four to six weeks. Still, even a month out would be a blow to a player who had such high expectations thrust upon him as a teenager, struggled for the last few years and is just finding his feet at Dortmund. He has been in the best form of his professional life, not just working into the first team at BVB, but also featuring for the U.S., and any absence is a tough one at this point.