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Joe Gyau to undergo knee surgery, out until January

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Matej Divizna

Joe Gyau will undergo knee surgery and will be out until January. United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann confirmed the timetable for Gyau's return on Monday, putting the attacker in a tough spot as he has just begun to find the best form of his career.

Gyau injured his knee in the Americans' 1-1 draw with Ecuador on Friday. He went down early in the match and was immediately subbed off with what looked like a nasty injury. He was later spotted on crutches and returned to Germany, where he underwent scans with his club, Borussia Dortmund. Those scans revealed a serious injury that requiressurgery.

Klinsmann did not specify exactly what Gyau did to his knee, although there were reports out of Germany of meniscus damage, as well as an injured MCL.

Gyau was a highly touted teenager and the star of several U.S. youth teams. He was pegged for greatness early on and joined Hoffenheim at the age of 18. Used as both a winger, a central player and, at times, a forward, Gyau never found his footing at Hoffenheim. The frequent manager changes didn't help and it looked like he was going to flame out, but he made a shock signing with the Borussia Dortmund reserves this summer and played well enough that when the first team suffered some injuries, the American made the bench for a few Bundesliga matches. Coupled with an excellent showing for the U.S. against the Czech Republic last month and Gyau's stock was at an all-time high.

Now, Gyau will not play again until 2015. That's two and a half months of time with Dortmund he will miss, when he could have continued to build his place at the club, as well as two missed November friendlies for the U.S. On one hand, it's a good thing he didn't tear his ACL and isn't looking at at least six months out, but it's still a shame to see a player hurt when he was just hitting his stride.