By DAN KARELL
Eric Lichaj received some devastating news on Thursday that will likely keep him out of consideration for the U.S. Men’s National Team at the World Cup.
Nottingham Forest announced that Lichaj will soon undergo surgery for a double hernia, with no timetable for his return. Lichaj suffered an injury in Forest’s 4-1 defeat to Wigan on March 1, being forced off at halftime by what reports at the time labeled as a groin injury.
Due to the injury, Lichaj missed out on the USMNT’s training camp in Germany and defeat to Ukraine in Cyprus. With an unknown return date, it’s unlikely at this point that Lichaj would be selected to the USA’s World Cup squad, even with their lack of depth at full back.
The 25-year-old Chicago-area native has played 26 times for Nottingham Forest this season since joining the club on a free transfer in June 2013. However, recent injuries have kept Lichaj from seeing the field on a regular basis. Since Jan. 1, Lichaj has made just five appearances for Forest.
What do you think of this news? Disappointed for Lichaj? Think that he could have made the World Cup squad even if healthy? Which other full backs are still in contention for a World Cup spot?
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