Today the Colorado Rapids announced that midfielder Marcelo Sarvas will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery in Los Angeles today:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Marcelo Sarvas undergoes successful knee surgery and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. <a href="http://t.co/weBwk2dFUT">http://t.co/weBwk2dFUT</a> <a href="http://t.co/kVLhAZ6WXA">pic.twitter.com/kVLhAZ6WXA</a></p>— Colorado Rapids (@ColoradoRapids) <a href="https://twitter.com/ColoradoRapids/status/592826355169001476">April 27, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Sarvas has appeared in six matches with five starts and has an assist to go along with 7 shots on the year. He has been a stabilizing influence on the team and has helped the Rapids improve upon its dismal defensive record from 2014. If you look at the 4-6 week timeframe, it is possible that Sarvas could miss up to 8 games depending on how his recovery goes. If you believe that timeline, he could be back in time for the June 19 match at home against FC Dallas.
Fortunately for the Rapids, they have good depth at the defensive midfield position with regular starter Lucas Pittinari taking one of the D-Mid spots. In addition, Nick LaBrocca has filled in admirably for the injured Sam Cronin and the Rapids also have Jared Watts and Dillon Powers that can play in that role. In past years, this would have been brutal for the Rapids, but they should be able to weather this storm just fine.
What do you think Rapids fans? Who should fill in for Sarvas during his absence? Let us know in the comment section below!