Veteran Galaxy left back Todd Dunivant was making just his fifth start of an injury-wracked season Friday against Colorado when he collided with Rapids midfielder Nick LaBrocca in the first half and could be sidelined the rest of the season.
The former Chivas USA playmaker stepped on one of Dunivant’s feet and caught him in what Dunivant described as a “wishbone-” like challenge that ripped his groin, sending him crashing to the turf in an injury that was obviously extremely painful.
Dunivant had only returned from a lengthy injury-induced lay-off in the 4-1 Aug. 27 win over D.C. United.
“I had the MRI yesterday,” the 33-year-old defender said Sunday. “It was a pretty significant tear.”
“I can’t walk straight,” he added with a grimace, observing he faced another six weeks of rehabilitation. “It sucks.”
Especially because an abdominal stain in April later required abdominal surgery, keeping him out for most of the season so far.
Robbie Rogers, who has switched from ineffective left winger to dangerous overlapping left back in Dunivant’s absence has at times looked his heir apparent, but Rogers, too, has suffered a succession of injuries that have restricted him to just 11 starts this season. He, too, remains sidelined yet again and hopes to return to the starting XI by the time the Galaxy travel to the Bay Area Sep. 14 to face San Jose, although he will travel to Montreal for Wednesday’s game against the Impact.
“I just want to be careful because I’ve had a few hamstring problems over the last few months,” he said Sunday.
“Todd and I were saying we needed to walk the field with incense or a voodoo guy,” he added. “For whatever reason with defenders this year we’ve had a little bit of trouble with injuries. It’s sports. It’s part of the job. But it sucks.”
“I felt really bad for (Todd) to get hurt that early in the game (Friday) after he had been out for a while. We’ve been dealing with it all season with injuries for different guys and the team as done a great job of being able to cover for people.”