Terrence Boyd is facing at least 10 weeks on the sidelines after suffering a partially torn ACL. The striker injured his knee in Red Bull Leipzig's friendly against Queens Park Rangers and has put his debut with the club on hold.
Boyd is expected to play a big role in the United States' World Cup cycle. The 23-year-old scored 20 goals for Rapid Vienna last season, earning himself a move to Leipzig a 2. Bundesliga club with big money and huge ambitions. It is supposed to be his ticket to the top flight and with a big, strong frame, to go along with his goal scoring record, he figures to have a chance at cracking the U.S. team with regularity.
Many observers were picking Boyd to emerge as Leipzig's starting striker, but he obviously won't be at the start of the season now. If he can return to the pitch in 10 weeks, he will be making an October return and have missed nine league matches.
Boyd's injury will rule him out of the Americans' September friendly against the Czech Republic, as well as whatever friendlies they play in the October FIFA date. The next time he figures to be in contention for a call-up is November, when the U.S. is expected to play a pair of friendlies.
Boyd is the second U.S. striker to be ruled out of friendlies with an injury. Aron Johannsson will also miss the Czech Republic friendly, meaning players like Juan Agudelo or even Jack McInerney may get a look.