Report: Whitecaps lose DeMerit to torn Achilles

Report: Whitecaps lose DeMerit to torn Achilles

MLS- Vancouver Whitecaps

Report: Whitecaps lose DeMerit to torn Achilles

By IVES GALARCEP

The Vancouver Whitecaps got their 2013 season off to a winning start this weekend, but there won’t be much celebrating amid word that team captain Jay DeMerit could be lost for the entire season.

The Vancouver Province is reporting that DeMerit suffered a completely ruptured Achilles tendon just six minutes into Saturday’s win vs. Toronto FC.

The injury has a normal six-to-eight month timetable for recovery, but the 33-year-old defender could face a longer layoff that might just rule him out for the rest of the season.

The Whitecaps are uniquely poised to cope with the injury, having added a pair of quality young centerbacks in the off-season in Brad Rusin and Johnny Leveron. Andy O’Brien partnered with Rusin for most of Saturday’s shutout win vs. TFC.

What do you think of this development? See the Whitecaps managing without DeMerit? Think DeMerit can battle back and return to action in 2013?

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