Report: Injury setback leaves Spector sidelined through late January

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By DAN KARELL

Jonathan Spector’s hope for a return to full fitness has been put on hold for at least two more months.

The Birmingham City defender suffered a setback in training this week as he was rehabbing his oft-injured thigh and is likely to be out until late January, according to a report in the Birmingham Mail. It’s the same thigh that Spector tore in May 2012 and has been struggling to recover from the injury ever since. Birmingham City head coach Lee Clark said that Spector will see a specialist to have a better idea of how to treat the injury.

“Jonathan has had a bit of a setback, he will be out for the foreseeable future,’’ Clark told the Birmingham Mail. “We will not be having him back until well into 2014. It’s a problem he had before I came, in the play-offs. He took a little bit of gamble to be ready in the semi-final against Blackpool and obviously when I took over the job he was still doing his rehabilitation from it.

“It’s a recurrence, so we have got to be extremely careful. “We are taking specialist advice on it to see where we go. But certainly, the latter part of January is the best we can hope for.”

Spector, who had spent all summer working on his rehabilitation and fitness, started ten times for Birmingham City at right back prior to aggravating the thigh injury in October. At that time, Clark hoped that the 27-year-old would be able to return to full fitness by this week, but after Spector’s re-introduction into full training, he suffered a setback.

The injury news is also a major blow to Spector’s hopes with the U.S. Men’s National Team looking forward to next summer. With his versatility across the back line and experience at the international level (34 caps and a member of the 2010 World Cup squad), Spector could have pushed himself into the conversation for who would make the final 23-player cut. However, since suffering the original thigh injury in May 2012, Spector hasn’t made an appearance for the USMNT.

The Chicago, Illinois native last represented the U.S. as a second half substitute in their 1-0 victory at Italy on February 29, 2012.

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8 Responses to Report: Injury setback leaves Spector sidelined through late January

  1. Beckster says:

    Really disappointed for Specs. He has done so well for BCFC at both midfield and RB and could have been in the discussion for the WC. Hate to say he is this generations John O’Brien but his injuries have been constant and significant. Hope he can overcome this one.

    • Michael F. SBI Mafia Original says:

      Totally get where you’re going with the comparison but wonder if Holden would be a better analogy.

      • Bobb says:

        Both are terrible comparisons. John O’Brien of the current players would be someone like Onyewu or Holden. Spector is more like Zak Whitbread. Always seems to be injured but at least it’s just minor muscle strain type stuff and nothing as serious as “no longer has a functioning knee” (Gooch).

      • The Imperative Voice says:

        Neither O’Brien nor Holden would be the best comparison because Spector is not up to MNT spec. When he was with the team he was a Ream-level liability because of his lack of foot speed.

        I agree with Bobb that it’s more like Whitbread (or Simek, Convey, Olsen, etc.), player who had a cup of coffee with the team but didn’t blow the doors off and has been chronically injured such that he couldn’t make a case anything changed.

  2. Clyde Frog says:

    I wonder if he would have been called in over Lichaj last time around if healthy.

    People forget he was our starting RB in the 2009 Confederations Cup.

  3. ANM says:

    I like Spector and think that he merited a recall before his injury, but it’s always going to be tough for him even when he recovers. His skill set–right back utility player who can also play central midfield and center half–is already covered by Geoff Cameron, who does it at a higher level than Spector. Unless Cameron himself gets injured, I doubt Spector has a chance of making the squad. A shame, because seven, eight years ago he was being thought of as a starter for this cycle.

    • The Imperative Voice says:

      I think Spector is more polished and composed than Cameron. But he lacks foot speed which to me is a wingback liability. I don’t even like slow CBs but you can’t hold down a flank at that level without foot speed.