A nagging hamstring injury is threatening to keep one of Canadian soccer's brightest young stars out of next month's U-20 World Cup.
Kitchener native David Edgar, a regular with Newcastle United of the English Premiership, has been sidelined for three weeks with the painful condition.
Edgar is one of the players expected to help lead the host Canadian squad in the 24-team event to be played in five cities across the country.
"There is definitely some worry," Canadian U-20 coach Dale Mitchell said this week. "The injury is significant enough that we're quite concerned."
Significant enough as well that Canadian officials have sent Edgar to his parents' home in Kitchener to rest and recuperate. He has been getting regular treatment in Toronto since the injury flared following the Canadian team's friendly against Argentina on May 11.
The troubled hamstring is a recurrence of an injury Edgar suffered with his club team, Newcastle United of the English Premiership, 18 months ago.
As a result, Edgar was left out of last night's friendly match between Canada and the United States in Kingston. It was the second game between the two sides in the past five nights and Canada won 4-0. Tosaint Ricketts scored three goals.
"It was good what happened to us on Sunday," said Canada head coach Dale Mitchell.
"We learned quite a bit and we went back to playing our strengths."
Edgar, who was named Canada's youth player of the year for 2006, is hoping to play in his third consecutive U-20 event for Canada and is one of the team's prominent players.
"We have three or four weeks but we're all concerned," said Mitchell, whose team opens on July 1 against Chile in a soldout game at BMO Field.
"The injury's got to get better."