The knee injury suffered by Patrick Nyarko on Friday night is as bad as initially thought. The Fire announced today that MRI test results show that the 28-year old midfielder has a torn Anterior cruciate ligament and sprained Medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Surgery will be scheduled once the swelling subsides with the recovery time estimated to be between six to eight months.
Nyarko had only appeared in 17 games this season, a career low since his rookie season in 2008. He underwent surgery to remove a bone spur from his left ankle in May and missed additional time with a sprained knee. While it may seem that Nyarko has had an injury plagued career due to the amount of punishment he takes from opposing defenders, in reality he has been fairly durable over the last five seasons leading to 2014. He appeared in 30,27, 30, 34, and 30 games respectively in each season beginning in 2009.
Nyarko is one of the players the technical staff was working to bring back into the fold for next season. His current contract calls for an option in 2015 but both sides have been working towards a newly structured deal which would add years to the deal while providing the club with some cap relief. That deal is likely to get done but now the question is whether or not the club protects injured players with long recovery times like Nyarko and Mike Magee in the upcoming expansion draft.
- The season will be over Friday night but the Fire will continue to train for several weeks before putting a lid on 2014. The team will continue to bring in out of contract players for trials with 2015 in mind during that period. Millwall midfielder Josh Wright is one of those players and apparently so is former Tottenham and Wolverhampton midfielder Jamie O'Hara. Both can play centrally but neither has been consistently impressive for sustained periods of time in the UK. O'Hara hasn't played in a competitive league match since November 2013. On the positive side, he is only 28.
- According to reports out of Argentina, the Columbus Crew are interested in acquiring Lanus forward Silvio Romero. That is the same Romero who was nearly transferred to the Fire this past July as a Designated Player before Lanus backed out of the deal at the last minute. The Columbus Dispatch asked Crew coach Gregg Berhalter about the rumors but he denied having any contact with Lanus coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto about the player. “I would say that I’m not going to comment on a player that’s not on our roster,” said Berhalter. Columbus would need to work a deal with the Fire, who currently hold discovery and negotiating rights on Romero, if they want to make a move.
- The Fire will honor Logan Pause before and after the match on Friday. The club is encouraging fans attending to get in early in order to catch all of the festivities. Pause has appeared in 336 competitive matches for the Fire over the course of his 12 year career in Chicago.