The San Jose Earthquakes have suffered a tough break. Striker Steven Lenhart is set to miss at least a month with a sprained left medical collateral ligament, according to Matt Schwab of the San Jose Mercury News.
Lenhart sustained the injury in the 77th minute of the Quakes 2-1 loss to the New England Revolution on Saturday, March 29 at Buck Shaw Stadium. After rising into the air in an effort to win a header, the 27-year-old immediately clutched his left knee upon landing, and limped off the field before being replaced with a substitute.
Following the game, head coach Mark Watson told reporters that he hoped the injury would prove to be “minor.” Unfortunately, that does not appear to be the case. Watson explained just who will step in for the sidelined striker, via Schwab.
“We’ll miss him, but as always with injuries it gives guys an opportunity. Alan Gordon, who has been working his way back to fitness, is pretty close. Billy Schuler, Adam Jahn, all the other guys that have been working hard and waiting patiently.”
Lenhart has an extensive history of knee injuries, as he underwent arthroscopic surgery on the meniscus of his right knee in both 2011 and 2012.
The Quakes primary target man didn’t score any goals in the first three games of the season, but the 6’1″ forward is always a nightmare matchup for opposing central defenders and his tireless running helps open up space for Chris Wondolowski.
The Quakes (0-2-1) are currently on a bye week, and return to action on April 13 when the squad hosts the Columbus Crew at Buck Shaw.