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Reyna hopes to play for U.S.

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Claudio Reyna, out for the past month with a groin pull, thinks he'll play for the United States in its key World Cup qualifier against Jamaica on Oct. 7.

The U.S. captain hasn't been in a game since Aug. 22 and missed the Americans' last two qualifiers, losses to Honduras and Costa Rica that jeopardized their chances of qualifying for soccer's premier event. Without Reyna in the center of the midfield, the U.S. offense was disorganized.

"I may not be 100 percent for the Jamaica game, but I definitely feel in some way I can help the team," Reyna said Tuesday in a telephone interview from Glasgow, Scotland. "I'd like to start the game, and if I can go 90 minutes, that would be great."

Reyna, 27, originally got hurt July 28, when he slightly tore his right groin playing for the Glasgow Rangers in their Scottish Premier League opener against Aberdeen.

He missed five games, returned Aug. 18, then reinjured the groin four days later in a European Champions League qualifier at Turkey's Fenerbahce.

"The first time there was an actual tear, where there was bleeding inside," Reyna said. "The second time was just a pull, slightly lower. I probably came back too soon: It was damage on top of damage."

Reyna did not travel with Rangers to Poland for Thursday's UEFA Cup match against Russia's Anzhi Makhachkala and may not play in Sunday's Premier League game against crosstown rival Glasgow Celtic.