David Ferreira's 2012 comeback season has yet to materialize, and the 2010 MLS MVP has suffered yet another setback that will prevent his return to the field from happening anytime soon.
Ferreira will miss the next 6-to-8 weeks after suffering a small fracture in his right foot, FC Dallas announced on Tuesday. The procedure will be performed today by the same doctor who operated on Ferreira's broken ankle, which he suffered last April. In a club statement, FC Dallas' team doctor said that this injury is not related to the one that sidelined Ferreira for the majority of the 2011 season. This injury occurred during a training match in the preseason.
"David’s injury hasn’t responded to treatment the way we expected," FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman said in a statement. "He went back to the doctor for additional tests and got second and third opinions to be sure he chose the best path to recovery for him. We feel confident this is the best way to get David 100 percent back to the field."
Ricardo Villar will continue to man the attacking central midfield role while Ferreira continues his recovery. The timetable set by the club means that Ferreira could miss 11 more matches, including two bouts with Real Salt Lake and other crucial conference matches against the Los Angeles Galaxy, Colorado Rapids, Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps.
If the club elects to play it safe, it will hold Ferreira out until after June's break for World Cup qualifiers, which would mean his potential return could happen against the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on June 16.
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