A little over seven months ago, it seemed for a brief moment that Anthony Robinson had been injured. He just scored a massive goal in the US World Cup qualifiers and celebrated his back brand only to flip the lame one. or At least pretend to pull a lame. The whole thing was a gag, and funny at that. It has since become something of a trend. But there was nothing comical about the very real injury Robinson suffered on Saturday while playing for Fulham, and the left-back’s right ankle suddenly became the most watched end of the US squad with the national team’s World Cup opener exactly 11 weeks away.
Despite having significant depth in most positions, the United States is quite barren behind Robinson when it comes to reliable options at left-back, and when His ankle rolled While trying to get a pass and a cross attempt early in the first half against Spurs, the prevailing takeaway was absolute worry about what that might mean in the near future. It was the same reaction that occurred that January night in Ohio – only this time with the actual substance of it.
Robinson, 25, has emerged as the definitive answer to the United States’ long-awaited question in office, his injury and the specter of any kind of major layoff revealing the fragility that can come with forming a team. Without adequate coverage or depth, all it takes is one odd moment to change the outlook of a player and team.
Sergiño Dest can appear at left-back, but he is more effective on the right and you risk changing the impact of two positions by making him turn sides. As a result, with The last US camp before the World Cup Starting in two weeks, it could open the door wide for the likes of Joe Scully (Borussia Monchengladbach, another preferred on the right) or Sam Vines (Antwerp) if a Robinson diagnosis turns out to entail a long-term. Until that is known, all he, Fulham and the United States can do is hope – and that is the tone of his comments and those of his club manager in light of the injury.
“We will wait until tomorrow to see, then day after day to see how it is,” Fulham coach Marco Silva said in his post-match press conference. “Let’s hope it won’t be too serious and hopefully he’ll be ready for next week, but now it’s too early to talk about that.”
Fulham, who have just signed France international left-back Levin Kurzawa on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, should enjoy wide coverage in the center if Robinson’s injury is of the more serious kind. For the United States, it won’t be that simple.
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Dest received a wonderful welcome in San Siro-upon He arrived in Milan on loan from Barcelona.
He did not appear in his side’s 3-2 derby win over Inter, which should come as no surprise given he has just completed his move, but the burden will be on him to get to the field as soon as possible given how late he is. His inactive period in Barcelona made him. Outside of friendlies and pre-season matches, the Dest’s last competitive appearance for club or country came in last season’s final for Barcelona, on April 24. That’s a period of over four months, given his importance to the United States – both on the left and on the right – it is imperative that he develop some rhythm as the World Cup approaches. However, his move seems to match that of American coach Greg Berhalter.
“Going from Barcelona to Milan isn’t a bad thing, is it?” Berhalter told reporters last week in New York at an event to celebrate the launch of Nike’s World Cup apparel. “The Serie A is a competitive league. You have to defend really well in Serie A, and that will help him.”
Barcelona coach Xavi considered Dest to be expendable, who didn’t utter a word about the American defender’s look at the Camp Nou. So he is exchanging one famous club and stadium for another, hoping that will provide the spark that will get him ready for the World Cup.
“It’s not a good idea to be told you don’t have a place in the group,” Berhalter said. “And Serginho is a guy who I know believes in himself and believes he can keep fighting through that. But I think this opportunity came because he thinks it’s good for him.”
One player who hasn’t moved into a new environment is Christian Pulisic, but he did something on Saturday that he hasn’t done yet this season: start a game. Pulisic played a promising if not surprisingly good hour for Chelsea in what ended in a 2-1 win over West Ham. And while he didn’t factor in the scoring, the extended minutes should temporarily calm some of the anxiety surrounding his club’s status. For Berhalter, this style is nothing new.
Berhalter said last week, before Close the transfer window. “He’s not being relied upon the way he wants to [be]He enters the field and proves everyone wrong and ends up playing. I mean, that’s what he was doing. So I tend to think that this will happen. And I think his mind is in good shape and I think he’s going to fight for it because that’s the kind of guy.”
After talking about this group of players last week, Berhalter was well on his way to going this weekend, bringing the Celtic-Rangers in Celtic Park to see three potential US call-ups live (Rangers’ owner Tillman and James Sands, and Celtic’s Cameron Carter). Vickers) and then Valencia. Getafe at La Mestalla to watch a midfield performance by Younes Moussa. Two passes helped the 19-year-old secure a 5-1 win, and the former in particular provided an outstanding display and an example of the end product that the United States had hoped to persuade more systematically to pull off the talented prospect. .
This came just days after the VAR fired a long-range missile at Musa, and it appears he is a player backed by a strong dose of confidence as a supposed trip to Qatar approaches.
Another player in a similar boat is Josh Sargent, who scored again for Norwich, and set up another goal. The striker’s fifth goal in five matches was the goal of a goal-seeking player who became locked into scoring (albeit from the wing position and not in the middle, as it was recently shown), and with each goal it became more and more clear that he would return to the American picture later This month after being in the cold for a long time.
his rise, Among other thingsmade Berhalter’s work a little more complicated in the desired manner.
“You hope so [U.S. forwards] “Keep on recording and you hope they make it difficult for us as a crew,” Berhalter said. “You definitely prefer to choose from players who score over people who don’t.
“I’m not going into the poncho. I think it makes it more difficult – it doesn’t make it impossible, though. If you have four players who were involved in scoring and scoring goals and the fifth player was not involved and scoring, that makes it more difficult.”
One of those players who was scoring regularly, Jordan Pivok, missed the opportunity to play on a big stage, as he was knocked out of the Union Berlin draw against Bayern Munich with what he achieved. vaguely called the club muscle problem It doesn’t sound as frightening or potentially threatening as Robinson’s situation, but it once again shows how fleeting form and success can be with the wrong twist of fate.
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