KENYA BROWN - Friday, October 9, 2015
The injury bug has not been kind to the U.S. national team over the past couple of months, with a number of players spending time in the medical room than on the field.
Chandler and Brooks are just two of the players who have suffered injuries since league play started across Europe. Chandler went down with a knee injury in Eintracht Frankfurt's 4-1 win over Stuttgart in August, while Brooks' suffered a thigh injury in training with the national team ahead of the friendly against Brazil last month. Now, both players are heading in opposite directions in the recovery process.
It has been reported that Chandler has made considerable progress in his recovery after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus. According to German sports magazine Kicker last Wednesday, Chandler expects to return to the field for Die Adler after this month's international break.
"I am making progress. The knee wasn't even swollen. I think that I can resume team training after our match at Ingolstadt on Saturday," said Chandler.
As for Brooks, it appeared that he was on his way back to earning a place in Hertha's starting lineup, but an ankle injury has put a brief stop to those plans.
The Berlin-born center back was set to play in the team's game against Hamburg on Saturday, but head coach Pal Dardai at a press conference last Thursday, Brooks suffered the injury.
Hertha Berlin's sporting director Michael Preetz told Kicker that he hoped U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann would not call up the 22-year-old for the CONCACAF Cup against Mexico Oct. 10 and it his plea has been answered as Brooks was omitted from the 23-man roster.
Chandler and Brooks are not the only two recovering from injuries. Forward Aron Johannsson is looking to return to the field for Werder Bremen after suffering an abductor injury. Left back Greg Garza will try to get back into action for Atlas in 2016 as he recovers from hip surgery.