It didn’t look good when Colorado Rapids’ Bismark Adjei-Boateng was undercut by Real Salt Lake’s Luke Mulholland last week. He landed on his lower back and started writhing in pain. He left the field with the medical staff, who massaged his back a bit on the sideline. Nana quickly went back in and was involved in the goal.
But shortly after the goal, he went down again, and was subbed out in the 32nd minute.
We’ve been waiting to hear news about Nana since then, and this morning the Colorado Rapids announced that he would be out for 8-10 weeks with three fractured lumbar vertebrae.
Luckily, he doesn’t need surgery, but this definitely puts a damper on things after the Rapids got rid of Sam Cronin to make room for Nana to start.
Sporting Director, Pádraig Smith said, “This is unfortunate timing for Nana. He has acclimated quickly to the team and the altitude, and was beginning to show the talent and forward drive we identified when bringing him to the club.”
The likely replacement for Nana will be Mohammad Saeid, who subbed in for him on Saturday, or Dillon Powers. “While this is a blow to the team, it highlights the need for roster depth. And we have two top level players in (Mohammad) Saeid and (Dillon) Powers, who can both slot in and play the #8 role while Nana recuperates,” Smith said in the announcement.
Injuries and suspensions are definitely plaguing the team right now, making it all the more difficult to get the momentum going this season. We hope Nana is feeling better soon and recovers quickly!