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Tijuana, USMNT's Joe Corona breaks metatarsal, out at least 4 weeks

The U.S. and Xolos player may not take the field again until 2015.

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Joe Corona will miss at least four weeks, if not longer, after breaking the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. Goal.com confirmed the diagnosis, which was feared after he injured himself in Club Tijuana's match on Friday night.

Corona came off of the bench for Tijuana, but went down just 13 minutes later. He was spotted after the match in a protective boot and in crutches, raising concerns that it would be a serious injury. Reports out of Mexico speculated that it was and that he may have even broken his foot and that is now confirmed to be the case.

Now the midfielder is facing at least a month on the sidelines, but that is the optimistic view. Broken metatarsals can keep players put for as many as three months.

The injury will rule Corona out for the United States' November friendlies for sure and, since Liga MX players are rarely included in January camp, he likely will not play for the Americans until next March.

Corona may also be out for the remainder of the Apertura for Xolos. It's possible that he could return for the Liguilla, but that would require a quick recovery and odds are that they would likely hold him out so his next match at the club level won't come until after the new year.