By FRANCO PANIZO
When Danny Williams returned to Reading from U.S. Men’s National duty last week, he did so with a bit of a knee issue.
Williams rejoined the Royals last week after making a substitute appearance in the Americans’ 2-0 loss to Ukraine, but was held out of the club’s 1-1 draw vs. Brighton & Hove Albion this past weekend after it was determined that he had swelling in his knee.
“Danny (traveled) but we made the call on Saturday morning that he wasn’t going to play,” Royals manager Nigel Adkins told GetReading.co.uk. ”His knee is quite swollen but hopefully that will come down. … We’ll just have to see how he reacts.”
While there is no word as to the severity of the injury or how long Williams could be out for, the knock comes at an unfortunate time for the 25-year-old midfielder. Williams had recently strung together some fine performances in the hopes of making a late push onto the U.S.’s World Cup roster.
Williams played in his first match for U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann in over a year last Wednesday, coming off the bench and contributing a solid 10 minutes in the loss vs. the Ukrainians.
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