The Colorado Rapids released a statement June 7th that Centerback Bobby Burling had undergone arthroscopic knee surgery and would be out five weeks.
Burling has started 10 of the Rapids 14 games, alongside partner Axel Sjoberg. After replacing Jared Watts, who started the first four games of the season at Centerback, Burling had played in every Rapids match since. The Rapids have gone 6-3-1 (WTL) with Burling in the lineup. Burling also scored a goal on April 30th against Montreal Impact.
The Rapids have conceded only 8 goals with Burling and Sjoberg on the backline, with three clean sheets.
Burling has been a very capable defender up this point in the 2016 season. He has lead the Rapids with 9 blocked shots, and is also third on the club in interceptions with 32.
Burling is likely to miss three to five matches over the five weeks. The Rapids face Chicago, LA, Portland, Vancouver, and Kansas City between now and July 16.
The team has two players on the roster that have seen time in central defense: Eric Miller and Jared Watts. Sean St Ledger, another centerback, has been out since the beginning of the season, and the team has given no timetable for his return. That means the Rapids lack a natural centerback on the bench at all, and the teams other defenders Dennis Castillo and Marlon Hairston have scant MLS experience of any kind, let alone in central defense.
In other words, get well soon big guy.