Sporting Kansas City announced Thursday that defender Aurelien Collin will miss about six weeks while recovering from a "non-displaced fracture of the transverse process"* of both the L2 and L3 vertebrae in his lower back.
*"Non-displaced fracture of the transverse process" sounds like either it's a) tremendously painful or b) song title by a hardcore/emo band (here's an example: Rise "The Fallacy of Retrospective Self-Determinism").
The injury occurred during Sporting's 4-2 win over Toronto and required that Collin be subbed off for newcomer Daneil Cyrus. The French defender has started 15 games during his debut season in MLS.
Last night on the KC Soccer Show, I was asked what I though Peter Vermes would do if Collin had to miss a game or two. I speculated that Julio Cesar would drop back to defense. Given that it's an extended break, I would expect to see Cyrus and Cesar split time with Vermes riding whomever is playing better.
Though, if I had my druthers, I might deputize Roger Espinoza in that role -- if only because I fear Cyrus and Cesar getting abused by Fredy Montero next weekend.
Who do you think will replace Collin? How bad do you think his absence is for the team?