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USA 2737 8 Americans Abroad 31626646 Painful reality Painful+reality USA

A spate of injuries to several regulars could force U.S. coach Jürgen Klinsmann to rely on some fresh faces for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico. Klinsmann will hope key fixtures like Clint Dempsey (calf) and Fabian Johnson (hip) manage to recover in time for the tests ahead in Denver and Mexico City, but he may have to compensate for the absence of Tim Howard (back) and others as he prepares for the crunch pair of qualifiers.

Most of the focus this week fell on the injury news on both sides of the pond. Read on to learn more about the injury concerns facing Klinsmann as the critical pair of matches approaches.

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USA 2737 8 Americans Abroad 31626647 Tim Howard, Everton Tim+Howard%2C+Everton USA

The U.S. number one is expected to miss several weeks after fracturing two bones in his back during Everton's 3-1 victory over Oldham Athletic on Tuesday. Howard suffered the injury after landing awkwardly in the waning stages of the FA Cup fifth round replay. Everton coach David Moyes said he hopes Howard could return to his starting XI after the international break, but that timeline would preclude him from linking up with his international teammates.

"He has two fractures, but they are not bones that are supporting anything,” Moyes told Everton's official website. “It is off the spine. They are not weight-bearing. It just needs a bit of healing time. It is not like a pure fracture where you need to wait to look at it. It is a question of whether he can cope with the pain. The bones will heal themselves but it's not good."

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USA 2737 8 Americans Abroad 31626648 Clint Dempsey, Tottenham Clint+Dempsey%2C+Tottenham USA

Dempsey once again missed out on a place in the squad for Spurs' dramatic 3-2 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday. The U.S. lynchpin has not featured since Feb. 21 as he continues to battle a calf complaint. His status for the next few weeks – including those important World Cup qualifiers – remains somewhat uncertain, but Klinsmann will hope to include him with Landon Donovan (sabbatical) still unavailable.
 

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USA 2737 8 Americans Abroad 31626649 Fabian Johnson, Hoffenheim Fabian+Johnson%2C+Hoffenheim USA

Klinsmann may have to assess his options at left back after Johnson missed Saturday's 3-0 victory over Greuther Fürth with a hip issue. The enterprising fullback watched as his teammates snapped a four-match losing streak in style over their relegation-bound opposition. Hoffenheim remains deep in the relegation mire itself despite the victory. The struggling side – and the U.S., for that matter – will hope Johnson recovers sooner rather than later, but the extent of the injury is unclear at the moment.
 

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USA 2737 8 Americans Abroad 31626650 Edgar Castillo, Tijuana Edgar+Castillo%2C+Tijuana USA

A painful clash with Atlas defender Leandro Cufré last weekend left Castillo with three broken bones in his face and a race to regain his fitness ahead of the international break. Castillo underwent surgery this week to repair the damage. Although initial reports suggested he could miss up to a month, he could return within a fortnight, according to MLSsoccer.com. That timeframe would leave Klinsmann with a difficult decision regarding Castillo's status for the upcoming pair of matches.
 

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USA 2737 8 Americans Abroad 31626651 Steve Cherundolo, Hannover Steve+Cherundolo%2C+Hannover USA

The veteran right back sat out Hannover's 0-0 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday as he continues to recover from left knee surgery. Cherundolo underwent the arthroscopic procedure in early February in a bid to rectify lingering knee pain. His status for the upcoming qualifiers remains somewhat murky, but it appears unlikely that Klinsmann would include Cherundolo in his squad given the veteran defender's lack of match practice in recent weeks.
 

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