By Matt Farr
Newcastle full-back DeAndre Yedlin faces a potential battle to be fit in time for the start of next season, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim that the 23-year-old could miss the start of Newcastle’s Premier League homecoming next season amid fitness concerns following his international commitments.
Yedlin is wanted by USA national team boss Bruce Arena to feature in the Gold Cup this summer, which could see the defender miss out on much of Newcastle’s pre-season preparations.
The Gold Cup is not scheduled to begin until July 7, but if included in the final squad, Yedlin will likely be wanted to begin preparations for the tournament a month earlier.
USA are due to face Venezuela in a friendly match, followed by two World Cup qualifiers against Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico next month, before the competition even begins.
But if USA were to progress through to the Final of the competition, a feat they have achieved on nine occasions, Yedlin would be unavailable until July 26, with the Premier League season to begin just over two weeks’ later.
Newcastle, meanwhile, are set to begin their own preparations for the new season on July 3, and will be hoping that they can have as many of their regular stars at their disposal as possible.
Yedlin made 32 appearances for the Magpies in all competitions this season, scoring one goal and supplying six assists.
The player has also revealed that he will sit down with Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez to discuss his potential absence.
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