Jose Francisco Torres: Injury Update, Possible Replacements

Ken MackContributor IIISeptember 22, 2011

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 15:  Jose Torres of US national football team during speaks a news conference at Irene Fram on June 15, 2010 in Irene near Pretoria, South Africa. US will play their next World Cup Group C match against Slovenia on Friday June 18, 2010. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Just when it seemed like Torres had nailed down a starting spot for the national team, injury struck. According to Pachuca's twitter feed, Torres will miss the rest of the Mexican Apertura with a injury to his fifth metatarsal.

For everyone without a medical degree, the fifth metatarsal is one of five metatarsal bones located in the foot between the mid-foot and the toes. It will be at least two months before Torres will see the field again, which means there is an opening in Klinsmann's midfield.

Michael Bradley could be a name that is called up. Though not settled with his club yet, Bradley is an experienced box-to-box midfielder that will be able to set right in and perform.

Mix Diskerud is another interesting name. Getting consistent minutes in Norway, Mix will bring more flair to the position than Bradley and may be more in the playmaking mold that Klinsmann was shaping Torres into.

Stuart Holden recently made his comeback to a struggling Bolton side, and before his injury was arguably the best midfielder on the national team   Klinsmann may be wary to call him up for these friendlies, though, as he needs to settle back into his starting role for Bolton.

My personal favorite to replace Torres is Clint Dempsey. While not a traditional center mid, if Klinsmann allows Dempsey to move forward, he could play in a more withdrawn forward role.

In the past when the U.S needed goals, they moved Dempsey up to that role, so why not start a game with him there?