VANCOUVER, CANADA - APRIL 23: Jeb Brovsky #12 of the Vancouver Whitecaps tries to slow down David Ferreira #10 of FC Dallas during the first half of MLS Soccer on April 23, 2011 at Empire Field in Vancouver, BC, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

FC Dallas Midfielder David Ferreira Suffers Broken Ankle, Potentially Torn Ligament

FC Dallas playmaker David Ferreira suffered a broken ankle in the club's 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps, the club has confirmed.

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David Ferreira's Injury May Be Even Worse Than Originally Believed

When David Ferreira went down with an apparent ankle injury in Saturday's match against the Vancouver Whitecaps, we knew it was bad. Replays showed his foot got caught in the turf and it was immediately reported as a broken ankle. Turns out, it may be even worse than that as Big D Soccer, SB Nation's FC Dallas blog, discovered a report in a Colombian daily:

Among the highlights of the story include that Ferreira has ruptured ankle ligaments as well as his double break and that he hopes to have surgery done by a doctor in Colombia that he likes, hoping to have the surgery done this weekend.

Considering Ferreira is 31 and ligament injuries are notoriously long recoveries, it's fair to wonder if this might be a career-altering injury. At the very least, the reality of FC Dallas having to play most of the season without their best player is looking like a real possibility

In the short-term, Big D Soccer looked at some of the possible options which include maintaining the current 4-2-3-1 formationn or potentially switching up to a 4-4-2.

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FC Dallas Midfielder David Ferreira Suffers Broken Ankle

Reigning MLS MVP David Ferreira reportedly suffered a broken ankle in FC Dallas' 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps at Empire Field on Saturday. Ferreira came out of the match in the 55th minute. This according to a Twitter post from MLSSoccer.com writer Matthew Doyle:

FC Dallas confirm that David Ferreira suffered a fractured ankle in today's game. Awful news for the 2010 MVP and fans of the league.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

 

The injury occurred in the process of a challenge from Vancouver defender Jonathan Leathers, though the tackle appeared clean and it would appear as though the injury might have come as a result of Ferreira's foot getting caught in the turf. It's unknown how long he might be out.

No matter the cause, this is a huge blow for FC Dallas and in the wake of Seattle Sounders midfielder Steve Zakuani's broken leg, this was as bad a weekend for injuries MLS has ever seen.

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