Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Atiba Harris May Require Surgery

The Vancouver Whitecaps FC have declined to comment, but TEAM Radio has learned that Whitecaps forward Atiba Harris may require surgery to repair his injured right knee. Harris has played in 5 Whitecaps matches including a 3-1 loss to the Dynamo in Houston before tweaking his knee in training prior to the Chivas USA match on April 16th. Harris has yet to return to the line-up or full training.

Harris has 2 goals and 1 assist in 5 games for the Whitecaps this season.

Official club policy is that, “the Whitecaps will not comment on a player’s pending medical requirements”. However, a source close to the Whitecaps told TEAM 1040 that the Whitecaps “are waiting to determine what’s next with regards to Atiba Harris, and that may involve surgery”.

Whitecaps leading goal-scorer Eric Hassli is suspended for the next MLS match against Columbus Crew on Saturday, April 30th and the Whitecaps could look to 17 year old and 1st overall SuperDraft pick Omar Salgado to start alongside Brazilian forward, Camilo. It would be Salgado’s first Major League Soccer start.

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