When Red Bull Leipzig faces Tottenham Hotspur FC in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League next week, it will do so without versatile American youngster Tyler Adams.
Adams – who turns 21 Friday – has suffered a calf injury and will miss at least two games, the club announced Thursday.
Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann said that Adams “pulled his calf” in training on Wednesday and “will definitely miss” a league game against Werder Bremen and the first leg of Leipzig’s Champions League bout with Tottenham.
Adams has battled a variety of injuries over the past year – dealing with groin, adductor and fitness issues – but had just began to establish himself as a fixture in the Leipzig lineup again. He’s started in each of Leipzig’s five previous Bundesliga games, featuring at right back and as a defensive midfielder. Leipzig was 2-1-2 over that stretch.
Depending on how severe the calf injury is, Adams could return for Leipzig’s Bundesliga match against Schalke 04 on Feb. 22. The club will play the second leg of its Champions League bout with Tottenham on March 10.
Adams has 10 caps for the U.S. national team, but hasn’t played for the Stars and Stripes since March 22, 2019, playing a full 90 minutes at right back in a win over Ecuador. Gregg Berhalter’s side will play its next match on March 26, taking on the Netherlands.
Fans of the U.S. national team hope that the 5-foot-9 New York Red Bulls Academy product is healthy by then.
— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) February 13, 2020