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Lletget leaves USMNT camp with abdominal injury

Honduras v United States - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier

SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 24: Sebastian LLetget #9 of the United States reacts after scoring a goal against Honduras during their FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier at Avaya Stadium on March 24, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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Sebastian Lletget’s return to the United States men’s national team is going to have to wait a bit longer.

The LA Galaxy midfielder and former West Ham United academy player, 26, has left USMNT camp thanks to a “lingering abdominal strain.”

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Lletget has three caps for the national team but had been absent from the fold since March 25, 2017, when he scored an early goal against Honduras only to suffer a Lisfranc injury in the 18th minute and lose 4-6 months of playing time.

He has three goals and an assist in 23 matches for the Galaxy this season. The U.S. and Brazil tangle Friday night in New Jersey, and no replacement to the squad will be made before kickoff.

L.A. Times reporter Kevin Baxter adds a touch of MLS drama to the news.

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