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Terrence Boyd suffers setback in return from injury

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Terrence Boyd is back on the sidelines after suffering a setback in his return from a knee injury. The striker has a cyst on his knee which will require surgery to remove and keep him out for 10 days, Red Bull Leipzig tweeted. He will resume his rehab after that.

Boyd has been out since December of 2014, when he tore the ACL in his right knee. He underwent reconstructive surgery to repair the ligament and began rehab in the fall. Red Bull Leipzig didn't provide a timeline for his return to match play, but it was expected to be soon.

The timing of Boyd's original injury couldn't have been worse. He had just signed with Leipzig and had scored in a few matches for the 2.Bundesliga side as he worked his way up the team's depth chart. The ACL tear didn't come out of nowhere - he had a partial tear of the ligament from his time at Rapid Vienna - but doctors thought Boyd would be fine and if he was, he may be Leipzig's starting striker right now.

Jozy Altidore is still the United States' top striker, but the rest of the depth chart remains a mess. There are a lot of options and no one has established himself as a dependable option. Boyd, if he gets fit and finds his form again, could work his way back onto the national team, especially since he provides a more physical style of play and will be just 27 at the 2018 World Cup.