U.S. defenders Fabian Johnson and Edgar Castillo to miss World Cup qualifiers

Keith Hickey
October 10, 2012
Fabian Johnson remains out for USA while still battling flu

U.S. national team defender Fabian Johnson will likely miss Friday's match against Antigua & Barbuda due to a case of flu, leaving Jurgen Klinsmann's squad even more shorthanded heading into this month's pair of World Cup qualifiers.

The news of Fabian's illness was first reported by German magazine Kicker. When approached for comment, a U.S. Soccer Federation official indicated a statement would be forthcoming.

The U.S. is already without Brek Shea (abdominal strain) and Landon Donovan (knee) due to injury. Edgar Castillo, who would likely replace Johnson at left back, suffered a foot injury in training and it is still unclear if he'll be available against Antigua & Barbuda.

The U.S. will face Guatemala next Tuesday in Kansas City.

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