Daryl Dike has been ruled out of the USMNT’s four upcoming international fixtures.
The striker will not feature for the American side’s two friendlies and two Concacaf Nations League games in June as he focuses on a return from injury. Dike has been battling a leg lesion since January, keeping him on the sidelines for club team West Bromwich Albion.
Manager Steve Bruce confirmed he spoke with USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter to explain the situation.
“I spoke to Gregg this week,” said Bruce, who previously managed Berhalter as a player during his stint at Crystal Palace in the 2001/02 season.
“They have been very very sensible and they understand the situation. Daryl will not be involved in the internationals. There's another one in September so that is what he is focusing on. It's good for Daryl too, so it's good to clear that up. He can concentrate on what we have put in place to make sure he has a really good summer before he comes back for preseason.
“We have waited this long so we have got to make sure he is right.”
Dike originally joined Bruce’s side in January, making his move from Major League Soccer side Orlando City for an estimated £7m. But, since his arrival, the striker has played just over 84 minutes over two games because of injury problems.
Now, with a projected return date for early June, Bruce and Dike are not taking any chances.