DC United MF Dwayne De Rosario out 10-12 weeks with knee injury
DC United captain Dwayne De Rosario will miss the rest of the regular season due to a grade III MCL sprain. De Ro suffered the injury on Tuesday for Canada.
It’s a major loss for DC who are currently battling for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. He won the MVP award for the 2011 season and was have another strong season with seven goals and 12 assists.
DC United posted a press release on their website confirming De Ro’s injury.
D.C. United, having consulted with Doctor James Gilbert of Metro Orthopedics and Sports Therapy in Silver Spring, Md., announced today that midfielder-forward Dwayne De Rosario has suffered a grade III MCL sprain. De Rosario suffered the injury on Tuesday in the first half of a 2-0 loss to Panama in Panama City while with the Canadian Men’s National Team. The reigning Volkswagen MLS MVP will be sidelined 10-12 weeks as a result of the injury.
DC have had an up and down season as they had a seven match unbeaten streak early but have only two wins in their last nine matches. United manager Ben Olsen shared his thoughts on the news.
“DeRo is our captain, a great player and impossible to replace. With that said, we have talented players that will step up in his absence and this injury will not be an excuse to fall short of goals we set for ourselves as a team at the beginning of the season.”
The 10-12 weeks projected for recovery means that De Rosario would have an outside chance of returning if DC United were to reach the MLS Cup Final on December 1, 2012.