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Gladbach add to Klinsmann’s woes by confirming Johnson’s injury

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The first post backing their player already caused a stir among United Soccer men’s soccer’s most devout supporters, but Borussia Moenchegladbach didn’t stop there. One day after midfielder/defender Fabian Johnson returned unexpectedly early from international duty with the U.S., the Bundesliga club sent out two tweets assuring that yes, the player who’d been controversially released from national team duty was, in fact, injured.

The controversy came after comments from U.S. men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann questioning whether Johnson was truly hurt. After starting at right back for the United States against Mexico in Saturday’s CONCACAF Cup, Johnson asked out of the game late in extra time, reportedly concerned about a possible injury. The German-born U.S. international was replaced by Brad Evans.

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On Monday, after eight other teammates had been released from international duty the day before, Johnson was sent hope, with Klinsmann later revealing his doubts over the player’s fitness concerns.

“I had a very severe word with Fabian Johnson, and I sent him home today,” Klinsmann told media on Monday, explaining his decision to release somebody who has been one of his setup’s most important players.. “He can rethink his approach about his team …

“He said he couldn’t go anymore and I reacted to it and obviously and made the substitution. He just feared to possibly get an injury, but he was not injured in that moment. He got all stiffened up. It’s a muscle issue. It’s normal.”

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Gladbach, however, is providing the player’s defense. Early Tuesday Eastern time, the club tweeted out confirmation. Johnson was more than “possibly” hurt:

Gladbach posted about the subject again less than six hours later, saying the extent of the injury makes Johnson a doubt for this weekend’s match against Frankfurt:

Gladbach has also posted about Switzerland international Granit Xhaka’s injury twice in the same span, though the midfielder’s problem is slightly more concrete. The 23-year-old picked up a torn lateral collateral ligament in his right ankle playing for Switzerland against Estonia.

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In that sense, it may be business as usual for Gladbach, but as it concerns Klinsmann and Johnson, the tweets only enhance public opinion. In the wake of Klinsmann’s comments, the phrase “throwing under the bus” became analysis de rigueur, with many equating the Johnson situation with a convenient excuse in the wake of Saturday’s disappointment.

Gladbach, however, has given credence to a point that should have been obvious from the beginning: injured players deserve the benefit of the doubt. Johnson, it appears, wasn’t allowed such leeway.

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  1. EDub

    October 13, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I have been something of a Klinsi backer for some time, but the fiasco of this game (plus the U23s) and THEN the nonsensical comments after the match have me wondering.

    This story keeps getting worse. He needs to do some serious damage control.

    I think I hear Gulati riding in to the rescue.

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