Ante Jazic can’t shake the injury bug.
For the third straight season, the Major League Soccer standout from Bedford has found himself sidelined with an untimely injury, suffering a sprained knee last weekend that could keep him out of Chivas USA’s lineup for four to six weeks.
The medial collateral ligament injury occurred in just the third game of the MLS season.
The 34-year-old defender missed the start of the 2008 season after undergoing major ankle surgery in December 2007, struggling after rushing back too soon. He returned healthy in 2009, only to suffer a concussion on the eve of the regular season that forced him out for more than three months.
After coming back from the concussion last season, Jazic played 1,090 minutes in 13 games and finished strong to work his way back on the national team. He served as team captain for a friendly against Jamaica in January and was hopeful for a big season before the setback. “I had a great pre-season,” Jazic told Metro. “I was feeling fit, and health-wise this was one of my best seasons.”
Jazic has said he intends to play at least through 2011 before retiring.