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U.S. Soccer’s Reyna Hurt in Warmup Match

May 24, 2006

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ U.S. captain Claudio Reyna strained his right hamstring during Tuesday night’s World Cup warmup match against Morocco and left the game in the 17th minute.

Reyna was fouled from behind about 8 minutes in, and then started trying to stretch the hamstring. He repeatedly put his hand behind his thigh and went down to his left knee, extending the other leg in an attempt to shake off the injury.

He was replaced by Pablo Mastroeni, flipping the captain’s armband to Landon Donovan before coming off the field.

Reyna was limited to 23 games last season with Manchester City in England’s Premier League. He injured his right knee and ankle Oct. 22 at Arsenal, and returned Dec. 4 and played four games. But three days after a Dec. 26 match, he said tests revealed his right ankle was still broken.

He returned to action March 5, but in his third game after coming back injured a shoulder March 18 against Wigan. He came back April 8 and started the final six games of the season.

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