U.S. defender John Brooks won't need rehab for knee sprain - Hertha Berlin

U.S. centre-back John Brooks has been given the all-clear by Hertha Berlin's team doctor following his knee injury picked up at the 2016 Copa America Centenario.

The 23-year-old missed the United States' third-place match against Colombia due to what had been described as a knee inflammation. His German club Hertha Berlin feared the injury could stop the defender from taking part in their early season start in late July, when they enter the Europa League qualifiers.

He returned to Germany and on Wednesday, team doctor Ulrich Schleicher said he has been cleared to go on a scheduled three-week holiday instead of doing rehabilitation training.

Schleicher diagnosed a sprain in Brooks' left knee, and a relieved Hertha sporting director Michael Preetz told kicker that they have received an "all-clear signal" for the U.S. defender.

"Just like planned, John will now go on a three-week holiday, and after that resume training here," Preetz said.

Hertha Berlin, meanwhile, began their preseason on Wednesday, and now have about a month left before starting their 2016-2017 campaign on July 28 when they enter the Europa League qualifiers in the third of a total of four rounds.