Jermaine Jones added to U.S. injury list after colliding with teammate Alejandro Bedoya
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RECIFE, Brazil – The United States emerged from the Group of Death but did not leave Arena Pernambuco completely unscathed as influential midfielder Jermaine Jones was added to the team's list of injury concerns.
Jones suffered a suspected broken nose in a nasty collision with teammate Alejandro Bedoya as the U.S. lost 1-0 to Germany but still qualified for the knockout stage. The 32-year-old will be evaluated by the team's medical staff on Friday when Jurgen Klinsmann's squad returns to its base in Sao Paulo.
"I don't remember really good what happened," said Jones, who lay on the ground for two minutes after the collision. "Whether it was head-on-head or head-on-shoulder I don't know.
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"The feeling is that it is broken but we will have to see when we come back to Sao Paulo what is going on with my nose. If I try to breathe now I have no chance to breathe. I feel that it is broken but we will see what the doctor will say.
"But you have to go into battle. It is one against one."
Klinsmann said Jones is "so important to us and to the entire team because he has this never-die attitude."
"Jermaine is who he is," Klinsmann said. "He's a warrior and he showed that again."
Bedoya was also feeling some discomfort as a result of the clash, which came as the Americans were trying to push forward in search of an equalizing goal late in the second half.
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"I don't even know what hit me. I just felt something on the back of my head," Bedoya said. "It was just a weird collision. I had the ball and I kind of knew what I had to do next.
"I didn't see him actually. We just collided and I guess it looks pretty bad on television. I just got hit in the head but I am doing all right. My head just hit his nose so I am not surprised it is broken."
The U.S. had enjoyed relatively good luck with injuries, suffering no major exclusions during the squad's two-week training camp in Northern California in preparation for the World Cup. But since the tournament started, there have been some issues.
Forward Jozy Altidore has been the U.S.'s main injury casualty, having pulled his hamstring in the tournament-opening win over Ghana and missing the remaining two matches in Group G. Clint Dempsey continues to play despite breaking his nose against Ghana and refuses to wear a protective mask against medical advice.
Defender Fabian Johnson played on Thursday with a black eye and what appeared to be a few stitches next to his right eye. Defender Timothy Chandler has not played in the tournament although it is unclear whether a knock he picked up in training has impacted his selection status.
Central defender Geoff Cameron was the only player who started the first two games not to see action against Germany, as his spot was taken by Omar Gonzalez. Klinsmann said Cameron had been rested and can be considered likely to return to the starting lineup for the round of 16.
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