Chivas USA Injury Curse Strikes Again

The latest player to go down: midfielder Bojan Stepanovic, out four to six weeks – essentially the season then – with “a dislocated patella in his right knee” suffered Wednesday in the game against that other Chivas.

Didn’t he just get here?

And I bet Preki was thrilled this happened in a friendly.

Also, the elderly Ante Razov, who supposedly still has a playing career even though he hasn’t played since the Middle Ages, underwent yet more surgery this week.

From the Chivas USA press release:

Razov has undergone successful surgery on his left ankle. The procedure, a repair of the Achilles tendon and removal of bone spurs, was performed on Wednesday … in Santa Monica. Razov, who was already on the team’s disabled list due to the injury, is expected to miss up to four to six months while recovering from the surgery.

And how do they know the surgery was successful already? By the fact he lived, perhaps? Because if the definition of “successful surgery” is playing pro soccer again we’d better wait and see.

Chivas USA faces the New York not so Red hot Bulls Saturday at Home Depot Center.

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  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    Nick, Razov’s surgery is exactly why Beckham’s problems with his Achilles could be very serious. Even if Beckham doesn’t need surgery, he could be out for more than one game — and, if he plays, his performance will be compromised.

    I have finally made up my mind that Beckham is not worth the trouble. The Galaxy is not a textile enterprise; it’s a soccer team. If Leiweke has any testosterone (a profoundly open question, but I digress), he would off-load Beckham permanently after this season. The only reason Beckham is still here is because of his friendship w/Leiweke — and because of AEG’s excessive influence in operating MLS.