Michael Bradley sticks with USA despite injury

The Roma midfielder turned his ankle after the ground gave way at Estadio Nacional in Costa Rica during warm-ups Friday night but has remained with his teammates.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Despite suffering a pre-game ankle injury that knocked him out against Costa Rica and has ruled him out against Mexico, Michael Bradley is sticking with his team.

The Roma midfielder had the option to return to Italy following the injury, but after consulting with his club, he opted to remain with the U.S. through its match against Mexico.

“I needed to speak with them, because, look, it’s my club team, it’s where I am every day,” Bradley said. “I spoke to the doctor there and spoke to them and made it clear that on my end, to be able to be around here for a few days, being able to get good treatment given that we’re in the hotel, having the ability to literally get treatment 24 hours a day, and in the first few days of an ankle sprain those are the most important."

Bradley appeared walking without a limp and with little protection on his left ankle, leading to optimism he had dodged a bullet and avoided major injury. When asked about his status for Roma's Serie A game this weekend, Bradley refused to speculate.

Still, the 26-year-old remained philosophical about the injury that will force him out of the game against his team's biggest rival.

“On a personal level, disappointing,” Bradley said. “As a player, as a competitor, you want to be on the field all the time, you want to be out there when the stakes are at their highest, so to miss these two games is for sure disappointing. Having said that, I’m not the first guy to miss some big games with an injury. I won’t be the last."