FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman will miss two to three weeks with the sprained MCL he suffered in last week's run-in with New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry.
Hartman was forced to leave at halftime of the Red Bulls-FC Dallas match last Thursday after a ball kicked by Henry jarred Hartman's leg, spraining his MCL in the process. The veteran goalkeeper is enjoying a career year, but will now miss the remainder of the month. Dario Sala will take over in his absence.
While it still won't sit well with Dallas fans, the news could have been much worse for Hartman, who should be back in time for the MLS playoffs, which FC Dallas is on the verge of qualifying for.
(UPDATE) Henry was fined $2000 by MLS for the incident, but he was not suspended. The fine was announced on Monday afternoon, and the lack of a suspension means Henry will play for New York against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Friday.
Here are some other soccer news items from Monday:
Nkufo named MLS Player of the Week
Seattle Sounders forward Blaise Nkufo was named MLS Player of the Week on Monday for his hat-trick performance in Seattle's 4-0 thrashing of the Columbus Crew.
Nkufo beat out a strong field of candidates that included Toronto's Dwayne DeRosario, Los Angeles' Landon Donovan and FC Dallas' Eric Alexander.
Nkufo scored his first three goals for Seattle since joining the Sounders from Dutch champions FC Twente this summer.
Messi to miss two weeks
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is set to miss two weeks with ligament damage in his right ankle suffered during Sunday's 2-1 win vs. Atletico Madrid.
Messi was fouled late in the match by Atletico Madrid defender Thomas Ujfalusi, who was issued a straight red card for the offense.
What do you think of these developments. Glad to hear Hartman will be back this season? Agree with the pick of Nkufo as player of the week? Think Ujfalusi should face a lengthy ban for his awful challenge on Messi?
Share your thoughts below.