Patrick Nyarko’s injury is the latest in a growing trend for Fire
BY SETH GRUEN For Sun-Times Media June 1, 2012 8:18PM
Forward Patrick Nyarko (left) says that the finesse-oriented Fire “cannot just play pretty and expect to get results.” | Abelimages~Getty Images
Updated: July 6, 2012 11:21AM
Returning its core after finishing the 2011 season as the hottest team in MLS, the Fire expected some consistency heading into the summer months of the 2012 season.
But injuries have derailed the club, none more disconcerting than Patrick Nyarko, who has dealt with hamstring and rib injuries this season. The midfielder revealed this week that he has received injections of the anti-inflammatory Toradol over the past 10 games.
That could happen again when the Fire travels to New England to take on the Revolution in the club’s final game before the international break.
Nyarko isn’t the only member of the Fire in need of the 15-day layoff. A shoulder injury limited rookie center back Austin Berry to 49 minutes in the Fire’s 3-2 loss to Michigan Tuesday.
Center back Cory Gibbs is likely lost for the year with a knee injury, center back Arne Friedrich has missed over three weeks with a hamstring strain, right back Dan Gargan has lost time with toe and foot issues and midfielder Sebastian Grazzini is dealing with undisclosed injuries.
Gargan balked at the idea that injuries had an impact on the team’s performance the past week, when the Fire lost 2-1 in Columbus on Sunday and were knocked out of the Open Cup on Tuesday.
“It’s something that we’re actively working on,” Gargan said. “I think, with consistency, it’s just about digging inside and bringing that little bit extra.”