Midfielder Stuart Holden will be sidelined for up to six weeks after breaking his right fibula in the United States’ 2-1 exhibition loss at the Netherlands on Wednesday in Amsterdam.
Holden, 22, was hurt from a hard tackle by Nigel de Jong, limped off and was taken for X-rays on his leg.
The U.S. Soccer Federation issued a statement Thursday saying that Holden was “recklessly tackled.”
The timetable for Holden’s injury should allow him to return before the United States’ pre-World Cup training camp in mid-March.
Adrian Healey, Derek Rae and Ian Darke have been hired by ESPN for its U.S. broadcasts at this year’s World Cup and will join Martin Tyler to give the network British play-by-play announcers for all 64 games beginning June 11.