Club Brugge’s new signing, Owen Otasowie, has been noticeably missing from Jan Breydel Stadium and the reigning Belgian champion’s team sheet since joining them from Wolverhampton Wanderers last summer.

According to Belgian publication Voetbalkrant, the one-time capped New Yorker has been given time off by Coach Phillipe Clement in order to return to England to deal with personal matters. 

Otasowie has yet to play for Club, although Clement has spoken to his $4m signing about this difficult period of his life and the Belgian hopes to get the young American onto the field and into the thick of Pro League action as soon as possible.

The defender has made two bench appearances for his new team in league play, but has not yet been called into action, and has been completely missing from the team sheet starting with their late-September draw against Oud-Heverlee Leuven.

He made his full USMNT debut almost one year ago at the tail end of a friendly in Cardiff, Wales, where a European-based USA squad drew their hosts in a scoreless contest. This, plus a handful of Premier League appearances for Wolves prompted the Belgians to invest in bringing him to Jan Breydel.

Club, who are currently in third place in the league standings, will visit fourth place KV Mechelen on Friday night.

By Michael Adubato

The old man of Yanks-Abroad, having been around since the very beginning in 2004, Known as the resident Belgian expert since that’s where he has lived for a couple of decades. Over the years he has interviewed Nats such as Kasey Keller, Brian McBride, Oguchi Onyewu, Jozy Altidore and Tim Weah, to name a few. When not working the day job, he can often be found in stadiums around Europe, watching games from the top flight to the lower leagues. To prove that he is not just a pretty face, Mike received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters from the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner! On a non-soccer note, Adubato has just released a book of poetry from his travels, Missing the Exit, published by Broken Keys Publishing in Ottawa, Canada. So that must make him the YA poet laureate! You can grab your copy on Amazon.com, order online and pick it up and Barnes & Noble or get an e-copy at various outlets.

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