U.S. national team midfielder Tyler Adams is on his way to returning to the RB Leipzig lineup, according to a report by the German soccer magazine kicker.
The USMNT midfielder has been out with an injury since RB Leipzig’s defeat to Bayern Munich in May during the annual DFB-Pokal competition. Now, he expects to return to RB Leipzig’s team practice by the end of October.
“Psychologically, I am in a much better constitution because my body improves every day,” Adams told the German magazine.
The midfielder has struggled with his adductors since March, but he played 64 minutes in Leipzig’s last Bundesliga game of last season and then 65 minutes in the German Cup final against Bayern.
In retrospect, those two games might have come too early. Selected to represent the United States at the Concacaf Gold Cup, the 20-year-old missed the tournament when his injury resurfaced.
“We can only speculate,” Adams told kicker when asked whether he returned from his adductor injury too soon. “The biggest challenge with the adductors was, some days I woke up feeling fantastic, but then the next day I woke up and had problems. It was crazy.”
Back from his injury in August, Adams then suffered a new foot injury.
“That cost me another few weeks,” he said.
The problems with the adductors and the sole of his foot have now disappeared, and Adams has started working on his cardio and also had sessions on the ball.
“The plan is that I will do rehab until the end of the national team break and will return to normal team training after our game against Wolfsburg [on Oct. 19],” Adams said. “Whether I will return a day sooner or later will depend on the coaching staff.”
Both the U.S. national team and RB Leipzig — the Bundesliga title candidate which has dropped points in its last two league games — will eagerly await the return of the young midfielder. Adams had a seamless transition to living in Germany and was categorized by kicker as the fourth-best defensive midfielder in the second half of the Bundesliga season.
After joining Leipzig, Adams led the Bundesliga side with 12.16 recoveries per 90 minutes and was second only to Diego Demme with 10.83 final third passes per 90 minutes. The New York Red Bulls’ product also completed 30 sprints per 90 minutes last season, which put him among the top players in his position in the league.