INJURY PUTS BROOKS ON SHELF
The injury bug has caught John Brooks again as German Bundesliga team Hertha Berlin announced on Tuesday that the defender will miss some time due to a hip injury.
The 24-year-old informed the coaching staff that he felt some discomfort following the team's 1-0 win over Wolfsburg over the weekend. After an examination, the team said it was a muscle strain around the hip area, but other media reports have it is a tear of the muscle. The team went on to say that Brooks will be out of action for some time.
The news of Brooks' injury comes at a crucial time for the capital team as there are four games left in the season and they are looking hold on to fifth place, which will guarantee them a place in next season's Europa League.
Depending on how long the German-born defender remains on the shelf could also be bad news for the US national team as they continue their World Cup qualifying campaign in June.