Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Twellman and Ralston Injury Updates

It appears the injury that scratched Taylor Twellman from the Revolution starting line-up 15 minutes before the game on Saturday was actually pretty serious. According to a press release today, Twellman apparently suffered a tear of his medial meniscus in training and will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Wednesday. His recovery time is expected to be at least 6 weeks, but will be better known after the surgery.

What training session this injury occurred in is unclear. On Saturday, Adam Cristman, who filled in for Twellman against Houston, stated he had been playing with the first team at the Revs final training session on the Friday before the match because of Twellman’s injury. The extent of the injury at the time must have been unclear if the team had still thought he’d be ready to go up until near kick off.

Ralston, who suffered a dislocated left shoulder in the match, will undergo tests on Thursday to determine the extent of the injury. He had said on Saturday that he hoped to be back in 3 weeks.

With both out at least for the near future, Steve Nicol will have some more line-up changes to make. Khano Smith should return to the Revs after helping Bermuda on Sunday successfully make it to stage 2 of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying. He may return to his spot on the left wing with Honduran Mauricio Castro slotting into the middle. If the Revs stick with a 3-5-2 this is probably the most likely scenario, though a 4-4-2 on the road is a possibility, if unlikely due to the Revs success against Houston.

As for Twellman’s spot, Cristman and Kenny Mansally filled in very well on Saturday and will likely retain their places in the line-up on Thursday. However, with Costa Rican Argenis Fernandez arriving, and Zimbabwean Kheli Dube making his debut last weekend, if either starter fails to produce, there will certainly be some competition for their spots.

Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe had more on the possible line-up changes, including this quote from Nicol:

"There is no point in making major changes," Nicol said. "We'll take our time in making a decision.

"We want to make as few changes as we can. Going 4-4-2 means a lot of changes, so it depends if we want to make a lot of changes or a few. I've never seen Castro play [in central midfield], but the Honduras manager says he can play there, so it's an option."

For the full story from the Globe, click here.

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