Did Matt Turner have frostbite in Minnesota for the United States? Bruce Arena, Turner and US Soccer comment on future Arsenal goalkeeper injury

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What started as an internet rumor turned into full-fledged speculation as Bruce Arena, US Soccer and Matt Turner all painted conflicting stories about what happened in freezing temperatures in Minnesota.

One of the most striking images from the USA’s 3-0 win over Honduras was of goalkeeper Matt Turner in full protective gear, ready to stand by, as the USA struck half the pitch from Honduras.

Turner, who had little to do as the American attack grew throughout the game, was frozen – literally and figuratively – stuck in the net without the American keeper needing much movement.

Since that day, Turner has emerged with a foot injury that kept him out last month. end of March.

What was initially supposed to be “a few weeks”, according to his club manager Arena in early March, ended up being a much longer issue.

Turner, Arena and US Soccer have all weighed in on what happened in cold Minnesota, and all three have different stories.

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What did Matt Turner say about his foot injury?

Turner gave an interview to CBS Boston’s Dan Roche on April 2, and in it he apparently suggested that not only did he suffer from frostbite, but it exacerbated an already existing injury and caused him to miss more than time.

“After the Minnesota game against Honduras, I developed a little tendonitis in my foot,” Turner said. “It was because the tissues in my foot were frozen and I was running back and forth to stay warm. Any running on frozen tissues kind of accelerated the process of tendonitis, but that was only three or four days. met the Revs in LA and so I wasn’t training.”

Turner then went on to say that he suffered another foot injury in a closed-door friendly against LAFC during the Major League Soccer pre-season.

“A few minutes into the game, a back pass was short-lived,” Turner said. “I came to clear him and someone left his foot in it. I cleared the ball and kicked the bottom of his foot and got the hairline fracture in a small bone of my foot.”

Eventually, due to his early comments about possible frostbite affecting his tendonitis, Turner was forced to clarify a day later on social media.

“The USMNT game in Minnesota has NOTHING to do with what kept me from playing the last few weeks,” Turner said. The post explains that the tendonitis in his left foot is completely healed, while the pre-season challenge resulted in a hairline fracture in his other foot – the right.

The future Arsenal man says his ‘words have been changed to fit certain stories’ which led to his clarification.

“My rehab is going really well,” Turner said. “Hopefully I will be cleared to return to training very soon and can put this chapter behind me.”

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What did Bruce Arena say about Turner’s injury?

Bruce Arena kicked things off by stating that Turner’s schedule was “a few more weeks” on March 8.

Then, when Turner was dropped from the U.S. Soccer team for the March international break, Arena came back and reported that the goaltender suffered frostbite during the game against Minnesota.

Arena echoed Turner’s statements, but the coach lashed out at US Soccer for scheduling the game in cold weather:

Well, personally, I told them beforehand, I thought it was stupid to play against teams of this quality, thinking that they had to be in these kinds of conditions. That said, we’ve played out of order in previous games here. But American football, in my opinion, could have played anywhere in the country and would have had those games. So Matt’s injury he has now is not a result of the injury he suffered in the game at Minnesota.

The injury he has now has nothing to do with the frostbite he suffered in Minnesota. There was no confusion. Frostbite was on one foot. The wound he has now is on the other foot. So you can’t – there’s no connection to it.

That said, Canada does not play with the sites, but Canada plays in Canada. What are they going to do in February? Where are they going to go? Probably the only place they could go that’s a bit more suitable climate-wise is Vancouver, indoors on a grass pitch in a dome. But that is now part of the game in CONCACAF. And it probably always has been. When I was coaching the national team, there were always little tricks countries played to try and get an advantage.

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What did US Soccer say about Turner’s injury?

US Soccer tried to deny that Turner ever had frostbite during the February game at Minnesota.

A report by Sam Minton from SB Nation Revolution-specific site The Bent Musket says US Soccer has denied that Turner was medically affected by the cold.

While this wording seemed to suggest that US Soccer was possibly leaving room for a diagnosis of frostbite after he left national team care, US Soccer later clarified its position, stating that with respect to US Soccer , Turner never suffered from frostbite. during the game against Honduras, telling Sporting News: “Matt Turner didn’t get frostbite after the game against Honduras.”

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