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Jones Says He’s OK After Injury

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

The United States’ World Cup Qualifying opener against St. Vincent and the Grenadines didn’t pass without incident for Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones.

In the 88th minute of the match, Jones, who underwent separate sports hernia surgeries earlier this year, pulled up with what appeared to be a hamstring injury while trying to dribble his way around a defender.

The 34-year-old midfielder was attended to by the team’s training staff before walking over the to the touchline, where he stayed briefly before re-entering the match. The U.S. had used all three substitutes prior to Jones’ injury.

After returning to the pitch, Jones dropped back from his customary central midfield spot to center back as Matt Besler pushed up into the midfield. After the match, Jones told the media that the injury wasn’t serious.

“It’s good,” Jones said. “We checked it, and it’s nothing on the muscle. It was tight…I think next game, yeah, it will be OK.”

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann told the media after the match that he isn’t concerned about Jones’ prognosis.

“We are positive that he is going to be available on Tuesday,” Klinsmann said.

Jones, who will be out of contract next month, is seeking a three-year deal from the Revolution. He told the media following the club’s playoff loss at DC that he has received interest from other MLS teams, as well as clubs in Europe and Brazil.

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