USMNT, Newcastle defender Yedlin has surgery

Joe Prince-Wright
NBC Sports

DeAndre Yedlin has had successful surgery as he battles to be fit for the U.S. men’s national team this summer.

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Yedlin, 25, missed Newcastle United’s game against Liverpool on Saturday and now it has been revealed that he flew back to the USA to have surgery on his groin.

In a statement Newcastle said that Yedlin had “undergone successful surgery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this week to repair a groin injury” and added that his recovery “will be monitored by Newcastle United and US national team medical staff, with the CONCACAF Gold Cup taking place this summer.” 

The former Seattle Sounders star has been a consistent performer for Newcastle in his third season at St James’ Park, with 28 starts in the PL this season. Javier Manquillo has pushed him hard for minutes in the right back position, but Yedlin has improved defensively under Rafael Benitez despite a few errors leading to penalty kicks and goals for opponents.

Going forward his pace offers Newcastle plenty of options out wide (his goal at Man City earlier this season proved that) and it’s safe to say Yedlin is the first-choice right back for the Magpies with his distribution in the final third improving season after season. This injury seems like one he has been carrying for a while, and with Newcastle safe from relegation a few weeks ago, now was a good time to get this sorted out.

But does it mean his place in the USMNT’s Gold Cup squad is in doubt?

Recovering from surgery aside, Yedlin has some competition at right back in the USMNT setup, with new head coach Gregg Berhalter trying out Tyler Adams in that role in recent games.

This is a big summer for Yedlin to establish himself as a veteran leader of the USMNT and he will be hoping he is fully fit for the Gold Cup which starts on June 18.

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