The United States national team takes on Mexico on Friday in an important World Cup qualifying match. New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan is on Jurgen Klinsmann's squad despite suffering an injury on Sunday.
The 31-year old revealed to MLSSoccer.com that he broke his nose when he collided with Montreal's Marco Donadel.
"It's broken in a couple of places," Kljestan said. "It was a pretty bad hit, but I think they're going to build me a mask and I'll be okay. It will be interesting, but I'll get used to it quickly and I'll be ready to go."
Kljestan stayed in the match following the conclusion, a 2-1 loss that resulted in the Red Bulls being eliminated from the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs. He spent more than ten minutes receiving treatment while his team played a man down, and later admitted that he had trouble breathing.
Kljestan has been a key figure for the USMNT since making his return in September following a two-year layoff. He stepped into the crucial attacking midfielder position, a role he adopted two years ago when he joined the Red Bulls. It's unknown whether Kljestan will be able to go a full 90 minutes with his broken nose, especially considering the sharp jump in the opponents' quality.
The U.S. is beginning the fifth round of 2018 World Cup qualifying, colloquially known as the Hex or Hexagonal, with matches against regional heavyweights Mexico (Friday, November 11th) and Costa Rica (Tuesday, November 15th).