Klinsmann ponders who will replace Schalke’s Jones as USA prepare form Mexico

USA manager Juergen Klinsmann admits he has enough cover but says it will not be easy to choose a suitable replacement for the injured Jermaine Jones.

USA manager Juergen Klinsmann admits he has enough cover but says it will not be easy to choose a suitable replacement for the injured Jermaine Jones.

The Schalke midfielder will miss Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier with Mexico at the Azteca Stadium with an ankle problem leaving Klinsmann to ponder who he will draft in to fill the central midfield void.

"Definitely it's a tough loss for us," Klinsmann said.

"Jermaine Jones is one of our leaders here and the way he played that game, the Costa Rica match (on Friday), was unbelievable. And the foul that he got was about 20 minutes into the game cut a hole into his ankle. We stitched him up at halftime and he kept going until he couldn't run any more. He gave everything he had.

"Not having him, a coach looks for the next solutions and we have players who can step in with Maurice Edu and Kyle Beckerman, Sacha Kljestan or Joe Corona. We have a lot of good players that give us those options."

The US sits second in CONCACAF qualifying in the final stage on three points from two outings with Mexico one point behind them on two draws.

 
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