Rusin injured during Saturday’s game against Portland Timbers.
Brad Rusin’s injury, sustained in a challenge on Diego Valeri against the Portland Timbers has made his ankle swell up “like a balloon”, and he will likely miss Saturday’s game against the San Jose Earthquakes. Rusin was scheduled for an MRI scan on Tuesday and is awaiting results, although the layoff is apparently a period of weeks, not days, according to The Province.
“It looks huge,” Caps coach Martin Rennie said of Rusin’s ankle, which twisted awkwardly under the weight of Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri during Saturday’s 1-1 tie in Portland.
“It doesn’t look too good, but I’m not the expert on that, so rather than speculate we’ll just wait until we find out the full extent.”
Rusin is not one to make a fuss over knocks, having played last week with a badly bruised hip/buttocks and a couple of displaced ribs, but his ankle injury proved too much even for him.
Rusin’s injury has furthered the Whitecaps’ injury problems at centre back, but the Caps’ backline has been bolstered by the return of veteran defender Andy O’Brien. The seasoned ex-Premier League defender has been out since the 9th of June with a hamstring injury sustained against the Seattle Sounders, and his return will be welcomed by Rennie.
“It’s good to be back with the lads and I’ve had no issues whatsoever,” said O’Brien, the 34-year-old Yorkshireman and former Irish international. “I’m not holding back now. All the pain’s gone and I’m not restricted in any way.”
Vancouver will be further strengthened by the return of striker Kenny Miller, who has scored six goals in 13 games this season.