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Bobby Wood out of U.S. World Cup qualifiers with back problems


    Hamburg’s Bobby Wood, right and Moenchengladbach’s Christoph Kramer went for the ball during the German soccer cup quarterfinals on March 1.

HAMBURG, Germany >> United States forward Bobby Wood has pulled out of World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama due to back problems.

Wood, born in Hawaii, aggravated his sore back in Hamburger SV’s 0-0 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Hamburg says Wood “is laboring with severe pain in the area around the lower back” and is receiving intensive treatment from its medical department.

The club adds he had to withdraw from the U.S. games,.

The U.S. plays Honduras at the Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif., on Friday, then travels to Panama City to face Panama four days later.

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