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Brenden Aaronson says Yunus Musah's absence at USMNT camp is felt after youngster's injury

Yunus Musah will miss the last friendlies prior to the USMNT World Cup due to injury

Brenden Aaronson says Yunus Musah’s absence from the USMNT camp is felt after the fit young Valencia was ruled out of their Japan and Saudi Arabia friendlies in preparation for the World Cup.

Yunus Musah’s absence from the USMNT camp has been called “an embarrassment” by his teammate Brenden Aaronson, as the midfielder was forced to withdraw from the team’s friendlies against Japan and Saudi Arabia due to a problem in the left groin.

Musah is a projected starter for this fall’s World Cup and has played a key role in Valencia starting the La Liga season, but the Stars and Stripes will be without him for their September set-ups as he recovers from a knock. .

“It’s a shame he couldn’t get into camp, I know we all miss him,” midfielder Aaronson told reporters Monday.

Brenden Aaronson has adjusted well to life in the Premier League with Leeds United

Brenden Aaronson has adjusted well to life in the Premier League with Leeds United

“He’s a great character to have on the team and it’s hard not to have him here.”

The 19-year-old, who plays center for the USMNT, had been used frequently on the right flank over the past two seasons for the Spanish club, and was a more peripheral figure making just 13 league starts last season. .

However, that changed with the signing of Gennaro Gattuso this summer, as Musah has started five of the club’s first six league games (one missed for his current knock) in his favored central role, with two assists so far. the moment.

“When I first came here, during the first few days, the first week, I think about 20 clubs called me asking about Musah,” Gattuso said earlier this summer.

“He has to keep working, but he is a player that many teams in the world would like to have.”

That list of teams, of course, includes the USMNT, and Musah’s latest injury marks another time Gregg Berhalter will be without his three first-choice midfielders.

Musah, Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie have only started seven times together due to a series of injuries plaguing the trio, and have now been deprived of another chance to build chemistry together ahead of the tournament.

“With the way the World Cup is, you’re not going to have more than a few weeks of time to get together, bond and connect, and assimilate new personalities and faces into the group,” goalkeeper Matt Turner said Monday.

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“I think this is going to be a great camp for us to click on what it’s going to be like.”

Musah is part of an unfortunately large group of players missing this USMNT camp due to injury, as Tim Weah, Antonee Robinson, Zack Steffen, Cameron-Carter Vickers and Chris Richards are also out.

And while Berhalter wants a clean bill of health at Qarar, he noted Sunday on ESPN that those currently off the team could benefit from injuries on the roster.

“There’s probably going to be an opportunity for guys who aren’t in this camp just because of attrition,” he said.

‘That’s something we hope will happen, we hope it won’t happen. But most likely it is based on the past.

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