Saint-Etienne defender Carlos Bocanegra is expected to miss around three weeks of action with a sprained neck according to reports from his French camp. The U.S. national team captain was injured last weekend when his league side faced Nice and the thirty one year old had an awkward tumble after colliding heads with Nice forward Eric Mouloungui. The fall rather than the collision would leave Bocanegra out for the rest of October and a good portion of November as well with a sprained next. The timetable for his return is “around 20 days” according to team doctors.
So not only will Bocanegra miss a solid portion of league matches for his new second place side, but the defender will also likely miss the November 17th exhibition at South Africa for the United States. Bocanegra is expected to return around the same time as that date, but considering the great deal of league action the defender will miss it is unlikely he will race to South Africa to participate in a friendly. The match is the last international one to be played this year for the United States and the nation recently dipped to 25th overall in world rankings.
Bocanegra has been considered one of Saint-Etienne’s best players this season and the American defender just joined the squad from Rennes this summer. Bocanegra is hoping to return to league action by November 13th when the side will travel to Valencienne, but no official date has been set for the injured defender’s return.