The USA midfielder says he won't be having surgery on his injured knee in response to reports saying he would be out for four to six weeks.(Updated 3:15 p.m.)
Jermaine Jones won't be having surgery on his knee this week after all.
Reports over the weekend suggested that the USA midfielder would be out of action for up to six weeks, with a procedure needed to repair a meniscus problem in his knee.
Reports from Germany suggested that the surgery was originally scheduled to take place over the winter break, but after Jones was told by the club that he would be dropped for its Champions League match on Tuesday, he decided to have the surgery immediately.
However, on Monday Jones used his Twitter account to dispel these reports saying: "On my way to training soon!! Surgery ?? No... Schalke 04 is more important atm!!"
Later Monday, U.S. Soccer issued a statement from Jones confirming that he would wait until the winter break to have his procedure.
“I have had some minor issues with my knee for a while, and the plan is to take care of it during the winter break,” Jones said. “Playing is obviously no problem. I will be in the team this weekend for the game against Augsburg and I’m ready to go for the national team if I get called in.”
Jones was dropped from Schalke's squad for the club's match against Basel on Tuesday after making a mistake that almost led to a winning goal for Hoffenheim, with the clubs eventually drawing 3-3.