The defender was forced to retire shortly after the break in Turkey, casting doubt over whether can feature for the all-important national team games

Sergio Dest was forced off during the second half of Barcelonas Europa League win against Galatasaray, sparking fears that the U.S. mens national team star could miss this months 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

The defender would have been expected to play a part in the final stretch of qualification for the end-of-year tournament after completing club duties with Xavis side.

But he was forced to leave the pitch after the break in Turkey with what looked to be a hamstring problem, throwing his potential role into doubt until the depth of his injury is known.

Dest started in defence for the Blaugrana on the road in Istanbul and had played almost an hour before a sliding challenge on Kerem Akturkoglu looked to leave him in discomfort.

He was treated on the field by club medics and shortly left the pitch afterwards clutching his hamstring, with Ronald Araujo brought on to replace him.

Now, both Barcelona and the USMNT face a nervy wait to discover the extent of his problem.

Any potential lay-off for Dest – even a short-term one – is likely to spell serious problems for his prospects of featuring for his country in their all-important trio of games later this month.

Though very much in the box seat to qualify for Qatar 2022, with their fate still in their own hands, there remains the possibility still that the USMNT could miss the automatic cut entirely.

They travel to Mexico and Costa Rica, with a home clash in Florida against Panama sandwiched in-between the two.

The U.S. will already be without Weston McKennie, who will miss the rest of the season with Juventus during an injury of his own.

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