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Danny Williams may miss World Cup training camp with knee injury

Danny Williams' summer may be over before it even began.

Mark Thompson

Danny Williams was already on the bubble of the World Cup training camp team and an outsider for the plane to Brazil, but he may not even get the chance to impress Jurgen Klinsmann. According to Get Reading, Williams is not back to 100% after a knee injury and may miss out on the summer.

"At the moment it doesn’t look good," Williams told Get Reading. When asked about whether he will have to undergo another surgery on his right knee, Williams said, "I don't know yet, I have to see."

Williams has been dealing with knee trouble ever since playing for the United States against Ukraine in March and had minor surgery to fix the problem. He returned in early April and played four matches before sitting out the final two matches of the season. Now, it looks like he won't be able to get his knee ready in time for training camp.

If Williams cannot make it to training camp, let alone the World Cup, Maurice Edu is left as the only real option for defensive midfield cover, aside from Kyle Beckerman. That may push Edu onto the World Cup team or even allows for someone like Mix Diskerud to get a spot in Brazil if he can show he's somewhat capable as a deeper player. At the very least, it opens up a spot on the training camp roster, likely for another midfielder like Sacha Kljestan or Brek Shea.