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Teal Bunbury's dislocated elbow will cost him the next 4-6 weeks, according to Sporting Kansas City's official Twitter feed.
Bunbury met with team physicians on Friday and was re-evaluated after his initial hospital visit, which yielded a recovery timetable of 2-4 weeks. The latest evaluation added two weeks onto his recovery time.
In the best-case scenario, Bunbury could be ready to return for Sporting KC's season-opener on March 19 against Chivas USA. Should Bunbury miss six weeks, he could return in time for Sporting KC's third match of the season, an April 2 contest at Vancouver.
The match against the Whitecaps is followed by a bye week, so if Bunbury's rehabilitation takes longer or the team chooses to be extra cautious, his season debut could be April 16 at Columbus.
Here are a few more stories from around the soccer world:
GIGGS SIGNS 1-YEAR EXTENSION
Ryan Giggs isn't going anywhere.
The 37-year old midfielder has signed on for another year at Manchester United, which will be his 21st with the club. Giggs has made more than 850 appearances since his time with the club began in 1991, and he'll add handfuls more through the rest of this season and all of next season.
"It is great to know I'm contributing to the team's success. I feel I've still got a lot to offer," Giggs told the BBC.
BOLTON LOSES TWO DEFENDERS
Bolton suffered a blow to its defensive corps, as Samuel Ricketts ruptured his Achilles' tendon and Zat Knight has ligament damage in his knee. Ricketts' injury is expected to sideline him for at least six months, while Knight is expected to be on the shelf for the next six weeks.
Ricketts suffered his injury in Bolton's FA Cup victory over Wigan on Wednesday, and Knight hurt his knee in last weekend's Premier League victory over Everton.
CUELLAR OUT FOUR WEEKS
Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar will miss up to the next month after tests revealed a torn hamstring. On the plus side for the Villans, right back Luke Young is set to return from his long injury spell, with the Feb. 26 match against Blackburn being manager Gerard Houllier's target date.
Disappointed that Bunbury will be out for a little longer? What do you think of Giggs playing another year? Do you see Bolton maintaining its place in the top half of the Premier League table despite its injuries? Think Aston Villa will suffer without Cuellar?
Share your thoughts below.
Even though they look too much like Columbus, those RSL kits are classy. Oh wait Columbus doesn’t really have a team anymore…
Why is Cuellar picking up an injury Mid-Day Ticker worthy?
Absolutely. THE MAN.
I’m so sick of 37 year olds treating washed up teams like Manchester United as a retirement league.
I don’t think Figo contributed nearly as much or as consistently as Giggs has in his later years. Yes, he continued to play, but not at the same level.
Bergkamp is a good call. He was still pretty nasty in his final years. Shearer was a little behind the pace, but could still finish with the best.
I can give a partial nod to Inzaghi, but he’s such a poacher and doesn’t really run the park much. He was primarily used as the super sub last year as well. But still, he was in decent form before going down to injury.
I don’t think Figo was all that effective those final few years. From what I recall, he was used mostly as a sub with Inter.
Thanks for responses fellas. Keep them coming if you got some.
Argh, poor Stu & Bolton. Losing two defenders does not bode well for the season’s home stretch.
Shearer retired around age 36. Legend.
Bergkamp retired around age 36/37.
I think Figo played until about 37. And Zanetti’s still going at it, though he’s kinda more defensive.
Inzagi was playing well and scoring goals for Milan before his knee injury and I’m pretty sure he is 37 as well
I don’t have my footy knowledge flowing right now as I’m knee deep in work, but can someone name me an attacking player (or 2) throughout the history of the game who was still performing brilliantly for a top club at the age of 37(ish)? No one comes to mind at the moment.
Giggs… the guy is just pure class and still making people look silly out there. He’s not human. In my eyes, he’ll be regarded as an absolute legend of the game when he hangs them up.
Giggs has nothing left to prove. He must be coming back because he enjoys his place in the player rotation for ManYoo. Great player.