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Oct 30, 2013

Wondolowski still undecided on surgery

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Jose Earthquakes and U.S. national team forward Chris Wondolowski said he is unsure if he will have surgery to correct a fractured right big toe.

Wondolowski sustained the injury in training prior to the June 22 match against D.C. United, but continued to play for both club and country, including a stint with the U.S. at the Gold Cup. He revealed the nature of the injury following last weekend's 2-1 win over FC Dallas, which marked the end of the MLS regular season. During a Tuesday roundtable with reporters, Wondolowski insisted he wasn't hampered that much by his injured toe, even though his goal tally fell to 11 goals this season after netting 27 times in 2012.

"[The injury] was there, but it was kind of like any other bruise and bumps that people play with all throughout the season," said Wondolowski. "It doesn't always feel great, but it's something that doesn't hinder my capabilities."

The Quakes failed to reach the MLS playoffs, but the U.S. has two friendlies coming up, one on Nov. 15 against Scotland, with a second taking place four days later against Austria. Both matches represent what is likely one of the last chances for Wondolowski to impress national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann as he attempts to formulate his World Cup roster. For that reason, Wondolowski will likely wait to see if he'll be called in for those matches before deciding if and when to have the surgery. He also stated that the Quakes' medical staff may decide that surgery isn't necessary.

"We'll take some scans and then we'll look at it again," he said.

Wondolowski indicated that the procedure, if he chooses to have it done, would be minor.

"It would be to get a little piece of bone that I chipped off," he said. "It wouldn't be much."

Wondolowski estimated that the expected recovery time would be around two weeks, leaving him plenty of time to get fit again before the U.S. team convenes for its annual training camp in early January. The Quakes are set to open training camp on Jan. 20.

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