World Cup Qualifying: Bobby Wood left out of USMNT squad

Wood will miss crucial qualifying games with a back injury.

The U.S. men's national team will be without an important player for the next two World Cup qualifying games.

Forward Bobby Wood was left off the squad despite playing into second-half stoppage time of German club Hamburg's draw on Saturday. Hamburg even wished Wood well on his travels.

Even though he was healthy enough to play over the weekend, Wood has been ruled out with a back injury by the USMNT, according to ESPN FC.

Midfielder Sacha Kljestan and defender Matt Besler have been added to the sqaud.

While Wood's injury is a bit suspicious and unfortunate, a bigger loss might beFabian Johnson, who leaves a gaping hole at left back. Johnson is dealing with a hamstring injury.

Luckily, the USMNT still has an enticing creative spark with Jozy Altidore and Christian Pulisic leading the line.

The U.S. plays Honduras on Friday in San Jose, then heads to Panama four days later. The U.S. lost its first two World Cup qualifying matches last fall, so it needs points in a hurry.

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