Chivas USA are starting to see their injury ranks pile up at the end of the season. In addition to the recent season-ending knee surgery for Marky Delgado, two more Goats went under the knife this week.
Following a nasty elbow by San Jose Earthquakes forward Steven Lenhart in their game last week, Chivas defender Steve Purdy suffered multiple facial fractures. He went to the hospital Sunday, and according to Scott French, was scheduled for surgery on Wednesday. The club has not released an article about Purdy's condition, so it is unclear if he will officially be out for the rest of the season, although he will obviously be out for the game against the LA Galaxy Sunday. He is also listed on the injury report as also suffering from a concussion.
Here's video of the incident if you missed it. It is worth noting that despite considerable speculation Lenhart would be suspended (once again), he was not.
In other news, the club did announce this week that forward/midfielder Jose Manuel Rivera broke a bone in his foot Thursday in practice and will be out the rest of the season, as surgery will sideline him an estimated 8-12 weeks.
Of course, the Goats only have three games remaining in the season, which concludes October 26. Although one never wants to see players get hurt, the timing isn't particularly bad for the club overall, since they won't be participating in the postseason in 2013.
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