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Terrence Boyd cleared for return to training from torn ACL


Terrence Boyd has recovered from his partially torn ACL and will return to training with Red Bull Leipzig this week. The American took to Twitter to announce that the doctors had given him the all clear.

Boyd hurt his knee in a late July preseason friendly against Queens Park Rangers and a scan revealed the extent of the injury. Luckily, he did not have to undergo surgery and was ruled out for just 10 weeks, when a more severe tear and an operation would have left him on the sidelines for at least six months.

It will be big for the U.S. if Boyd can get fit and start to shine for Leipzig. The 2. Bundesliga club has a big financial backing and the goal is to be in the top flight next season. If the 23-year-old can contribute to that, improve and then establish himself in the Bundesliga, he should be able to play an important role for the national team.

Jozy Altidore is the clear top choice striker for the U.S. right now, but it was painfully obvious at the World Cup that the team needs more depth in the event that he gets hurt. They also need someone to provide competition for Altidore, who starts almost by default right now. Several players can do that for the U.S., and Boyd is one of them.

Boyd missed the Americans' match against the Czech Republic last month and will not play against Ecuador and Honduras over the next week. If he can regain fitness and form, he could return to the team by next month, when the U.S. will play two friendlies in Europe.