Brenden Aaronson an injury doubt for USMNT's World Cup qualifiers

Lizzy Becherano
Brenden Aaronson in doubt after suffering from knee problems.
Brenden Aaronson in doubt after suffering from knee problems. / Sylvain Lefevre/GettyImages

The USMNT face another doubt ahead of the final round of World Cup qualifiers as midfielder Brenden Aaronson suffers from 'knee problems'.

The player was removed from Red Bull Salzburg's starting lineup 10 minutes before the Austrian Bundesliga match at Wolfsberger on Sunday, raising concerns that he will not be fit enough to feature for the men’s national team against Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica.

Salzburg confirmed it was an issue with his knee ahead of their match. But Aaronson is still expected to travel to Houston to meet up with the US men’s national team before they travel to Mexico City for Thursday’s game at the Azteca Stadium. 

The midfielder is the only U.S. player to appear in all qualifiers, starting seven and scoring against Canada and Honduras in September. At a club level, he has three goals in 21 matches this season. 

The 21-year-old's potential absence would be a huge blow to the United States as they hope to clinch a World Cup ticket during the March qualifiers. The American side currently sits in second place on the Concacaf table with 21 points, tied with Mexico and four points ahead of Panama.

After traveling to Mexico, the team hosts Panama and faces Costa Rica to conclude the window. The USMNT would guarantee a place in the World Cup with two victories out of three.