MANCHESTER, England -- U.S. national team captain Claudio Reyna has a broken ankle and will be sidelined for at least six more weeks.
The 32-year-old midfielder, expected to be a key player for the U.S. at next year's World Cup in Germany, is scheduled to have surgery in the Netherlands on Friday.
Team officials said Reyna has been bothered by the injury for two months and sat out Manchester City's 1-0 loss to English Premier League-leader Chelsea on Wednesday.
Reyna originally injured the ankle in a challenge during a 1-0 loss at Arsenal on Oct. 22
A recent X-ray revealed the full extent of the injury.
"It has been really sore and it didn't feel right," Reyna said. "I could not train through the week and I was just trying to get through games."
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