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Reyna injures leg early as Manchester City draws 1-1 with Charlton.

Howard's saves help Manchester United overcome Aston Villa 2-1 in FA Cup.

Kirovski, Birmingham win duel with Reyna, Manchester City 2-1.

Marcus Hahnemann Q&A

O'Brien returns to Ajax, playing for reserves in Amstel Cup.

Gregg Berhalter Q&A.

Howard works hard for Man. U. in defeat of Manchester City.

Lewis cracks starting lineup, sparks Preston North End twice.

Casey, Berhalter score as their teams draw in Germany.

Keller is key in Tottenham Carling Cup win, is named Spurs' best player.

Howard, Man. U. get the best of Friedel, Rovers before record crowd at Old Trafford.

Hahnemann's shutout leads Reading to 1-0 victory over Millwall.

Friedel, Rovers get back on winning track, 2-1 over Everton.

Bocanegra joins Fulham after winning work permit appeal.

Americans Abroad

Reyna to miss at least two weeks with calf ailment.

Claudio Reyna
A calf injury will keep Claudio Reyna on the shelf for at least two weeks.
By Gary Davidson (in Washington, D.C.)

MANCHESTER, England (Thursday, Janaury 8, 2004) -- United States midfielder Claudio Reyna is expected to miss at least two weeks for with a calf injury following a collision in Manchester City's 1-1 English Premier League draw yesterday with Charlton United.

Before departing in the 20th minute against Charlton, Reyna had started his fifth straight game for the Blues, his longest streak of back-to-back starts since being transferred from Sunderland in August.

Reyna has been tentatively ruled out of league games at Portsmouth Saturday and at home with Blackburn Rovers August Saturday, as well as Wednesday's FA Cup third-round replay at Leicester City.

"We have one or two players with niggly knocks," Manchester manager Kevin Keegan said. "Claudio has a problem with an injury just below his calf. He felt something go, but I think it will be a week or two, which is not a long time."

Joey Barton, who replaced Reyna against Charlton, is in line to replace the American along with Antoine Sibierski, Paul Bosvelt and possibly Gerard Wiekens. City will also be bolstered by the return of attacking midfielder Steve McManaman who sat out the Charlton contest with a ailing hamstring.

The injury came five days after Reyna made a statement recommending more Americans be employed in England. "Of course I am biased, but I would encourage English managers to look to America," he said. "I know there are a lot of good players in the States and they are cheap as well. Off the top of my head, I could name three or four players who could play here in the Premiership. The MLS is now in the off-season and one thing I know is that every player is dying to get over here."

Gary Davidson is a SoccerTimes managing editor. E-mail Gary Davidson.

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