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Geoff Cameron out 2 weeks, will miss USMNT friendly

A side injury will keep Geoff Cameron from playing for the U.S., but it shouldn't stop him from transferring from Stoke.

Mark Runnacles

Geoff Cameron will be out for two weeks, meaning he will not be available when the United States plays the Czech Republic in a friendly next week. The good news is that it is minor enough that any potential transfer he was set for should not be impacted.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes updated the media on Cameron's status Thursday.

"It looks like he (Cameron) will be out for a couple of weeks, unfortunately, with a side strain,"Hughes said.

Cameron started in Stoke's League Cup match on Wednesday, but was subbed off in the 34th minute and walked straight down the tunnel with a trainer. It was clear then that he was injured, but there was no word on the severity of it until Hughes spoke to the media.

Cameron has reportedly asked the Potters to be sold after losing his starting right back spot to new buy Phil Bardsley. But just as importantly, Cameron wants to play in the center of the pitch, be it as a defender or as a midfielder and Stoke will not offer him that with regularity. Lazio, Schalke and Sunderland are among the nearly dozen teams that have been linked to him and while the injury looked like it could put the kibosh on a move, if he is only going to be out for two weeks, clubs should still be willing to buy him.

With Cameron out for the Czech Republic friendly, Jurgen Klinsmann will have some decisions to make. Does he go with an inexperienced center of defense by leaning on John Brooks, as well as someone like Tim Ream or Will Packwood, or does he dip into MLS and ask Omar Gonzalez or Matt Besler to fly over to Europe?