Jones will not have another surgery

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Schalke midfielder and U.S. national team prospect Jermaine Jones' return to Bundesliga action is set to be delayed by up to three weeks, but it appears as though he will not need a new surgery on the shin fracture that has sidelined him for the summer.

This development is good news for Jones, who had been in jeopardy of needing a new surgery after continuing to feel pain in his leg, which had a metal plate inserted in it to help heal a shin fracture. If Jones can recover, he could be back in action in mid to late October, a much better scenario than if he had needed a new surgery, which would have sidelined him for several months.

What does this mean for his U.S. national team chances? In theory, if he does recover by mid-Fall, he could still potentially get a call-up in November (assuming FIFA finalizes his application for changing national teams). If not November, Jones could also get a call-up in January.

What do you think of this news? Anxious to see him with the national team already? Don't think he's going to be the impact player for the USA some think he can be?

Share your thoughts below.

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58 Responses to Jones will not have another surgery

  1. fifawitz1313 says:

    This is me giving a sigh of relief. (oh and FIRST!)

  2. Brian says:

    Yes excellent news! New midfield: Bradley and Jones!

  3. Sergio of SF says:

    I’ll be honest, I’ve never seen this guy play. From what I read he is a good defensive midfielder. Is there room for this guy on the team? The midfield seems to be pretty stocked up. I guess it wouldn’t hurt, but what we really need is a more creative midfielder like Feilhaber or Torres.

  4. Eric Griesheimer says:

    The sooner he can get back on the feild the better. Would like him to be in the US camp by November.

  5. Felix says:

    I’m tired of the spector of him coming in, I want to see it just to get it over with and see how it is.

  6. Steve C. says:

    Good news. If, come November, Fifa has yet to process his application..something is seriously wrong.

    He has turned in the papers, correct?? (or whatever documentation he needs to complete this transition)

  7. ELAC says:

    This man needs to get healthy. We’ll all just have to be patient.

  8. Green76 says:

    I’m skeptical that he can come and fit right in with our system and players. He may be a good player but it is a team sport, just ask Argentina. He will need to prove he can fit with this team and make it better. I hope he comes in and does well but it is far from a guaranteed lift for the USA.

  9. Brian says:

    Good news. If, come November, Fifa has yet to process his application..something is seriously wrong.

    He has turned in the papers, correct?? (or whatever documentation he needs to complete this transition)

    Posted by: Steve C. | September 17, 2009 at 04:15 PM
    —————————

    Yes, and he turned in his documentation before Edgar Castillo (who has already been given clearance). Apparently, FIFA is waiting on the DFB (Deutscher Fussball Bund) because they have some questions or something. I don’t really understand because both Castillo and Jones have appeared at the youth level and in friendlies for Mexico and Germany, respectively. They seem like similar cases to me.

  10. 4now says:

    Never hurts to have someone of his caliber in the mix, though it appears that he is a bit of a tool, from what I read of him.

    Assuming he’s healthy Edu as the man to beat in this role, to be honest. He just closes on people so fast.

    And the way Bradley tracks back, you don’t really need a holding midfielder there. Provided Torres or Feilhaber are in form, you can play them alongside MB, and it would be nice to have someone in the midfield who’s main job is to control the pace and distribute the ball.

  11. rocky says:

    thank god, I say Torres and Jones

  12. Rand Swenson says:

    If he is in camp at all in January (during the big German league winter break), that should give plenty of time to evaluate how he fits in and to get him to jell with the other players…

  13. cbr says:

    green, if ricardo clark can fit into this system so can Jones dont u worry about that

  14. Sean says:

    very good news indeed. get your sh*t together FIFA

  15. Mike says:

    I had a plate and six screws put in my leg. This sounds like pain that you’re just going to have during the healing process. For about 9 months, it just hurts for no reason. But there’s little chance of making the injury worse.

    Glad to hear he’s going to be okay.

  16. harry says:

    The reason why he has yet to be Approved is The german Federation is holding on to some imformation/papers(if you believe that)…….remember German fans were not happy that he was leaving…………i bet The german Federation is hoping Jones changes his mind.

  17. Blokhin says:

    yes, we do have a lot of holding midfielders on the roster already, but none of them would ever feature for Germany in any friendly game, and none of them would be in the top 3 Bundesliga midfielder rankings, like Jones- therefore saying that we don’t really have use for him on the USMNT roster is nonsensical…

  18. GO USA says:

    Damn I just wanna see Jones suit up for us already, thank God he won’t have another surgery. I have read from German fans that he should actually be playing for the German Nats. but the coach has a problem with him. If the German fans say he’s good enough for their team then he is more than good enough for ours.

  19. advocat says:

    I agree; he should play for Germany NOT the US. I want Americans who were developed here who have a following from youth, H.S./college, MLS/USL. “Jones”, if that is his real name has zero connection to the US. Never made one contribution to US soccer. No thank you. Lets have some self-respect ; and respect for the people and system that is trying to develop US players.

  20. RM07 says:

    I’ll be honest, I’ve never seen this guy play. From what I read he is a good defensive midfielder. Is there room for this guy on the team? The midfield seems to be pretty stocked up. I guess it wouldn’t hurt, but what we really need is a more creative midfielder like Feilhaber or Torres.

    Posted by: Sergio of SF

    —————————-

    Sergio,the guys regarded as the best defensive mid in the ENTIRE german league.

    He’s that good.There were rumors of him going to Man United a couple months ago.

    Immediately the best on the USA team except maybe Donovan and probably better then Donovan too.

  21. nico says:

    US team is plenty good without him…once he is on the field for the US then I might care…until then,he is just a ‘what if’ scenario…he might do well with US, he might not.

  22. harry says:

    You mean Inconsistant Bradley, I actually really feel bad for Mikey the kid is getting over-worked wayyyyyyyyy too much by pops…..and you can see it in Bradly’s performences he has an excellent game followed by a stinker and Bradly shockingly in the last 2 years has Never been a sub…not once. When Young Bradley does have a stinker we as fans turn our cheeks cuz hes a US player thats playing in the Bundesliga and one of the Americans that is playing at a high club level…..but Hopefully with Jones this would put Bradley on the bench for once so he can have a breather for once in his NATS life so he can be 100% for the World Cup.

  23. papa bear says:

    It is now pretty clear that people on this site only watch EPL, LA Liga, Serie A, FMF and MLS.

    Seriously? “Is he good enough for the US” Really? He has captained GOOD Bundesliga sides and was good enough to be called into the German National team for friendlies. (no ONE on our current squad would get that. Maybe Altidore in a few years but even Donovan would be on the outside looking in.)

    He is a top 3 D-mid in Bundesliga and I’m pretty sure will score more goals than Ching has scored in his career in under 3 years. He has a LETHAL long range shot. Not quite up to the Hammer’s long range shot (which is why he gets the nod over Jones) but pretty good.

    He will not only fit in, but will easily be the top 1 or 2 best players on the USMNT once he is healthy and on board. It could be a real game changing addition to the team.

  24. BlueWhiteLion says:

    I agree; he should play for Germany NOT the US. I want Americans who were developed here who have a following from youth, H.S./college, MLS/USL. “Jones”, if that is his real name has zero connection to the US. Never made one contribution to US soccer. No thank you. Lets have some self-respect ; and respect for the people and system that is trying to develop US players.

    Posted by: advocat

    Think about your answer for a moment. We can overlook the fact that “Jones” is because of his military dad, though he seems to have been raised solely by his German mom.

    Here is a top player who could qualify to play for us and add something that currently no other player can add to our midfield or team. Not only is his skill and reputation exceeding that of our midfielders (save Donovan, a completely different midfielder when he plays), so that he will elevate our play, but his experience and proximity to our other guys will raise their level of play, if they pay attention.

    I have been a soccer fan since I started playing in 1972. USA through and through. i would love to see more players be home grown and top talent. So far those guys are pretty scarce. We are the land of opportunity. We give him one, and he helps our own to achieve greater heights in international soccer.

    No one guy is our savior, but ever step up helps. He has the potential to be a step up, and make our “home grown” guys around him better.

  25. r.benjamin says:

    Arguably the best out field player the USA has ever had the second he steps on the field.

    If he’s in form and Bradley can’t figure out how to integrate him, that’s a serious flaw on Bradley.

    The “problem” however may be…. with a true D that is a bull dog and closes like a mad man.. It really gives you the Op to let Benny or JFT see what they can do creatively.

  26. Eric_the_King_7 says:

    Well said BlueWhiteLion… couldn’t agree more.

    It’s a waiting game now. We’ll have to be patient. There’s no sense in getting hyped up for a player who’s working at 60% in November (hypothetically). Hopefully all goes well with FIFA, etc. and we get a healthy Jones when the time is right.

  27. Isaac says:

    Good news. I’d like to see how he copes with Bradley in the center. They seem like the EXACT same midfielder. I haven’t seen him play too much other than YouTube highlights but even they show promise. He seems to have a good amount of ball skill for a defensive midfielder, amazing distribution, great tackler, and a hell of a shot. He has temper but you’d be hard pressed to find a central midfielder in the US pool who doesn’t have an attitude. When everyone is healthy, it seems like this is the pecking order for the central midfield:

    Bradley

    Jones

    Feilhaber

    Edu

    Torres

    Clark

    Come World Cup time I’d love to see this lineup:

    ——————-Altidore—————-

    Donovan———–Dempsey————Davies

    ———–Bradley——-Jones————-

    Bocanegra—–DeMerit—-Onyewu—–Spector

    ——————-Howard——————

    This would be awesome but it’s Bradley’s call. Jones may not fit in right away. We don’t know. But I bet you this: People are gonna blame Mikey if he doesn’t.

  28. Isaac says:

    We are the land of opportunity. We give him one, and he helps our own to achieve greater heights in international soccer

    -BlueWhiteLion-

    Comment of the day.

  29. SG says:

    He’d be the best d mid we’ve got. Trust
    me.

  30. GO USA says:

    Think about your answer for a moment. We can overlook the fact that “Jones” is because of his military dad, though he seems to have been raised solely by his German mom.

    Here is a top player who could qualify to play for us and add something that currently no other player can add to our midfield or team. Not only is his skill and reputation exceeding that of our midfielders (save Donovan, a completely different midfielder when he plays), so that he will elevate our play, but his experience and proximity to our other guys will raise their level of play, if they pay attention.

    I have been a soccer fan since I started playing in 1972. USA through and through. i would love to see more players be home grown and top talent. So far those guys are pretty scarce. We are the land of opportunity. We give him one, and he helps our own to achieve greater heights in international soccer.

    No one guy is our savior, but ever step up helps. He has the potential to be a step up, and make our “home grown” guys around him better.

    Posted by: BlueWhiteLion | September 17, 2009 at 06:05 PM

    Absolutely agree. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  31. roysterer says:

    If Rossi is Italian enough to play for Italy, Jones is American enough to play for the US.

    And seriously, are we ever going to see a central midfield duo that doesn’t include Bradley?

  32. Brian says:

    BlueWhiteLion, well said sir.

    For anyone that cares, Jones did live in the US (Chicago and Greenwood, Mississippi) before his parents divorced and he went back to Germany with his Mom. He does have a US Passport and to my knowledge has had it for some time. Also before the change of eligibility rules by FIFA, Jermaine said that he would like to live life quietly in the USA after his playing career was over, and would like to live here and play here (in the MLS) at the end of his career.

  33. harry says:

    How is Clark at the bottom of the Pecking order. the guy scored the most astounding 30-yard curler from any US player since Paul Caliguiri? (cant spell his name) 20 years ago. That goal alone shows what he can do given the chance and why Bradley Jr. should have been the one being about to be subbed out..not Clark in T&T. I saw that as a sign that somnebody is trying to tell us something that Young Braldey needs to be on the bench for once. Clark has been solid over the past months and more consistant the Bradley Jr.

  34. Brian says:

    How is Clark at the bottom of the Pecking order. the guy scored the most astounding 30-yard curler from any US player since Paul Caliguiri? (cant spell his name) 20 years ago. That goal alone shows what he can do given the chance and why Bradley Jr. should have been the one being about to be subbed out..not Clark in T&T. I saw that as a sign that somnebody is trying to tell us something that Young Braldey needs to be on the bench for once. Clark has been solid over the past months and more consistant the Bradley Jr.

    Posted by: harry | September 17, 2009 at 07:12 PM
    ————————
    Agree with what you said about Bradley, but other than his goal, Clark’s game against T&T was quite unremarkable.

  35. nick says:

    Bottom line is… Feilhaber/Torres needs to be on the field in front of a DM at all times. Bradley and Clark cant string more than 2 passes together to save their lives (It kind of surprises me about Bradley not being able to distribute under pressure because he’s been playing in Europe so long… i guess no one in Holland plays D). Hopefully Jones can help in this area.
    Teams are catching onto to our game plan of defending like a giant unorganized mass and then 1 in every 10 clearances happens to go to Landon who springs the counter attack with blazing speed.

  36. madmax says:

    It means M. Bradley can get a much deserved rest in the spring.

  37. DC Josh says:

    This sucks. As a US fan, this has been the most emotional year.

    Start of with a perfect win against Mexico, suck for a couple games against mediocre CONCACAF teams, see a US-raised and trained player score two goals against us for another country, beat the best team in the world, reach a FIFA final, suck some more in CONCACAF, pull off some necessary wins in qualifying, and now wait for a much needed quality player.

    I can’t wait for him to get into camp. Like the Beckham ordeal from earlier this year, I’d rather not hear anything about him until he is training and playing for the reserve team. I’m worried there is too much expectation on him, and he will under-perform when he finally gets on the pitch in a US kit.

    I do wish him the best getting back to full health.

  38. Danny says:

    I suspect we’ll see Jones for the first time in Red, White, and Blue in January. No need to rush him in as he’s not going to be match fit in November. No need to have him play unless the match is in Europe.

  39. Einar go galaxy says:

    hmmmm I can see a problem happening with germany cuz they wont let him go easily.

  40. PetedeLA says:

    Ein erneuter Eingriff ist momentan aber nicht geplant.—- hate to spoil the parade but in German the news doesn’t quite sound AS optimistic.

    “… BUT AT THE MOMENT another operation is not planned.” does not quite sound like he’s out of the woods by any means.

    It sounds like a 50/50 chance that he’ll be able to reach 100% with the plate in his shin.

    (SBI- Okay, please tell me how you come up with “50/50″ based on “at the moment”? Is there some German conversion chart I don’t know about? Obviously, it’s not a lock he recovers as everyone hopes, which is why I wrote “if he recovers”. Here’s hoping he does as soon as possible.)

  41. dutchtwista says:

    if JR’s form/attitude don’t improve, i would love to see Jones usurp Bradley as the automatic CM/DM. MB cld use a veteran mentor/rival, and by all accounts, JJ has the edge to keep Jr on his toes.

    By 2014 the roles can reverse, and a matured, humbled Bradley can become our Roy Keane

  42. 4now says:

    Harry,
    Clark was sub-par at best in the T&T qualifier. Then he struck the ball very well past a 37 year old Trinidadian goalkeeper. This warrants very little when you are measuring him against Edu and Jones. We’ll see how he matures in the next year after he heads over to Europe. Rico did well in the Confederation Cup, by and large. But I agree, right now he is definitely at the bottom of the midfield pecking order.

  43. Sninho says:

    First off, I have to admit, I’ve only seen Jones play on YouTube….

    However, what I have seen is outstanding and I think he’d slot in automatically as our top DM. As people have stated, he can hold the ball, distribute it wisely, and rip a wicked shot. That sounds to me like Benny, Junior, and Rico all rolled into one.

    I think, if Jones can come in and show the same form that he’s had in the past, that could eliminate the need for the 2 holding mid formation that Bob has loved lately. This would hopefully allow more time for JFT to show that he can link up with Jones and they can be the controlling, attacking midfield that we have all always dreamt about.

    But this could just be wishful thinking on my part.

  44. harry says:

    im sorry but people were going crazy over Bradlys goals vs Mexico in february which was a tap-in and a goalie blunder and yet It seems Clarks goal is getting down-played big-time. Michael braldey was if not equal was worse than Clark at T&T..the differance was Clark stepped up and delivered quality to secure 3 points…..if Jones was able for selection today and in-form i would pair Clark with Jones..since Clark deserves it…and Bradley is getting over-worked thats why i wouls sit him on the bench and use him as a sub for once in his NATS life..something he has yet to do in his NATS career the last 2 years.

    (SBI-Nobody’s downplaying Clark’s goal. You had one person react to your gushing about Clark’s goal. Clark “deserves” to start based on him scoring a nice goal? Really? Bradley scored two goals vs. Mexico, including his own shot from distance. What does that get him on your arbitrary chart of goals and number of starts “earned” by scoring them?

    And Bradley “getting overworked”? He just got more than a month off in July and has now been benched by his club team, so how is he getting “overworked”? You make no sense Harry.)

  45. JAuch says:

    What’s really frustrating is that a central midfield of Jones and Feilheiber/Torres doesn’t even seem like an option because we somehow have to fit the coach’s son in the lineup. Obviously we don’t know how Jones will fit and how he and M.B. might play together, I just can’t get too excited about a defense that can’t pass, with a central midfield that can’t hold the ball and distribute. The bunker and counterattack philosophy might be our best option against Brazil or Spain, but is that really how we want to approach all our games?

  46. Dman says:

    Personally I would prefer Jones and Feilheiber giving Benny the ability to be more in the attack which I feel he is much more stronger than lil bradley.

    A real strong CDM and a quality Attacking Mid = awesome.

  47. jpc says:

    From the way it looks, if this guy makes the team, he will replace Rico Clark on the roster, who is a very well liked and respected member of the squad. Dropping Rico in January or beyond, after he has fought w/ those guys and helped them get into the Cup in the first place. I don’t think that situation would fly w/ the other players, and especially Bob Bradley, who is a “Team” guy above all else

    Also, if you keep both him and Clark, it most likely seals the deal that we will again play w/ 2 DCM’s in the starting lineup, which will be a bad indicator for our team in this WC, and WC’s to come.

  48. PetedeLA says:

    Dear SBI, the primary reason for my comment….

    “Ein erneuter Eingriff ist momentan aber nicht geplant.—- hate to spoil the parade but in German the news doesn’t quite sound AS optimistic.

    “… BUT AT THE MOMENT another operation is not planned.” does not quite sound like he’s out of the woods by any means.

    It sounds like a 50/50 chance that he’ll be able to reach 100% with the plate in his shin.

    (SBI- Okay, please tell me how you come up with “50/50″ based on “at the moment”? Is there some German conversion chart I don’t know about? Obviously, it’s not a lock he recovers as everyone hopes, which is why I wrote “if he recovers”. Here’s hoping he does as soon as possible.)”

    was to shed light on the fact that the English version of FC Schalke 04′s website took some liberties with the translation of what they said in German. I said 50/50 based on ALL the information we’ve been getting about Jones, what I know about his previous surgeries from watching his career for about 7 years, and what I know about how his coach and the people at Schalke normally deal with the media when asked questions of this nature. There was no reason to get snippy about it.

    Nevertheless, thank you for the website.

    (SBI-So the 50/50 is a still a purely speculative guess, right? Is that snippy? Wasn’t trying to be snippy Pete, but when you throw out a random number with nothing to support it then I think it’s fair to question it.)

  49. PetedeLA says:

    Of course it’s purely speculative. Thought that was obvious. I guess I should have just said.. “it’s iffy that he’ll reach 100% with a plate in his shin.” I’ve learned my lesson.

    (SBI-I’d say that you’re comments are always well-written and informative, so when you slide in a speculation like that “50/50″ line it reads as if you’re stating fact, especially since you were suggesting that the original story translation was incorrect. That’s how I took it, which is why I asked where you were coming up with that number.)

  50. advocat says:

    I heard Lionel Messi flew over the US once and even stayed in a Chicago Hotel for 3 whole days! Maybe we could nationalize him? It would solve much of our attacking problems! I understand he also likes McDonalds and DisneyWorld.

    (SBI-You’ve made your points clear advocat, now you’re just being silly and choosing to ignore key facts. Jones’ father was in the U.S. Army in Germany. Are you suggesting that the children of our servicemen and servicewomen shouldn’t have the same rights as children born to all Americans outside the United States? This isn’t a case of a French fullback marrying his way onto the U.S. team. Jermaine Jones is an American by birthright, whether you like it or not.)

  51. Deuce says:

    @ Brian, Greenwood is 30 minutes away from me…I wonder if I can find out when he comes to visit his dad or granny, maybe i can get his auto… : D

  52. Deuce says:

    @ Ives,

    did you drink one cup o joe too many this morning? You are blogging as ferociously as Jermaine Jones will play D-Mid against Germany in the 2010 final.

    *Buckles in.

    (SBI-Just trying to interact with my readers more. Helps get through the slow news periods. Hopefully more readers enjoy it than hate it.)

  53. @Advocat: We’ve always used naturalized and dual-citizen players as does pretty much every country in the world. Lots of people have more than one passport and they get to choose. Speaking of which, we should recruit an Army of American girls and send them out to marry the world’s best soccer players and forcing them to play for the US. It would be WORLD DOMINATION!

    As for Jones, he’ll just replace Bob’s wild-card central midfield call-in, most recently a spot held by some bloke with dredlocks. Clark will stay around. Personally, I’d like to see a 4-3-3 with a central midfield 3 of Jones, Edu, Feilhaber and the 3Ds up top Donovan and Dempsey and ‘Dore (Sorry, Davies, you’re the supersub). We need an extra body in center of midfield. Let’s face it though, Junior will always be in the lineup.

    For me, the best news out of Germany is that Junior is spending some time in a time-out for the Foals for bad behavior and looks like he’ll have to win back his spot since they’ve had a good run. Maybe he’ll adjust his attitude and actually realize he has a lot of room to improve. Strikes me it’s been a bit too easy for Junior and it’s meant his development has come to a screeching halt.

  54. Deuce says:

    Deuce 24, I enjoy it Ives, as long as i don’t get slammed in the process. ; )

  55. mwc says:

    I’d like to see him get a chance with the USMNT. I am concerned about his penchant for reckless fouls. Another Maestroeni ’06 incident would not be helpful.

  56. notsweet81 says:

    Lets just be honest here

    1) By all accounts Jones is a top notch Euro player (starts and performs well for a strong club in a strong league). If he isn’t injured and FIFA gets him his papers it is hard to imagine him not playing an integral role for the U.S. in SA (if we make it).

    2) Bradley is not a risk taker and does not play the most attractive offensive style of football.

    To me, these things equal a central midfield of Jones and Bradley/Edu (assuming he returns to form after his injury). While I think those 3 can offer something on offense, none of them are going to dazzle with footwork or passing. But the defense would be stout and we would get a great workrate out of the midfield.

    Does anyone really think Bradley starts Jones with Torres/Feilhaber over Edu/Jr? I have been wanting to see more of Torres for a year (the idea that Sascha played over him drove me insane), but I don’t think it happens

  57. Sergio of SF says:

    RM07
    ——————-
    So I checked out some Youtube highlights of this guy. Very impressive. I would like to see him get a call up if FIFA ever approves his paperwork.

  58. Andrew says:

    I know this is probably BS, but what came to mind is that if doesn’t get capped Oct 10th or 14th, the next game to lock him down won’t happen until South Africa.

    Do you think it is a coincidence that Castillo filed later and Jones still isn’t approved? Or that FIFA is waiting for the German Football Federation paper work? or that Ohhh, he MAY be ready in 3-4 weeks right after the final game to lock him down. Maybe their hoping we can’t lock him down, then they have 10 months to try to change his mind.

    Many german fans think this guy should be the starting CDM on their national team.

    Maybe we should have our doctors take a look at him too!!!