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Injury report

Fabian Johnson Out "Couple Weeks" with Broken Hand

Brian Sciaretta talks to the staff at Hoffenheim who report that the left-sided defender/winger will miss a good amount of time after injuring himself over the weekend.
BY Brian Sciaretta Posted
January 27, 2014
10:50 AM
IT HAS BEEN A ROCKY SEASON for Hoffenheim so far as the club sits just two points clear of safety in the Bundesliga. To make matters worse, the club will now be without its American midfielder/left back Fabian Johnson for a few weeks.

Johnson, 26, was subbed out of Hoffenheim’s 4-0 loss to Nurnberg at halftime with a hand injury and the official diagnosis is a broken hand. (UPDATE: According to Thueringer Allgemeine, he will have surgery on his hand.)

“Fabian broke his right hand and will be out for some time,” Hoffenheim press officer Marc Kennedy told ASN on Monday. “As of today, we cannot say how long it will be but surely a couple of weeks before he gets back.”

This is not the first injury that Johnson has had to deal with this year. In November, he was forced to withdraw from the U.S. national team’s friendlies against Scotland and Austria with an ankle injury. In December, he also suffered an abductor strain which briefly sidelined him.

Johnson has not played for the U.S national team since September and it is unclear if he will be healthy by the next FIFA international date on March 5th when the U.S. national team visits the Ukraine.

Hoffenheim currently sits in 13th place in the Bundesliga and is ahead of 16th place HSV by just two points. Under the current format of the league, the 16th place team would have to play in a relegation playoff.

Johnson is currently in the last year of his contract with Hoffenheim and rumors of interest from Bundesliga clubs have surfaced in recent weeks with Borussia Monchengladbach the most notable of record.

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