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Toe injury sidelines Cristman for season
by Ridge Mahoney, September 4th, 2008 6:45AM



The Revs may be the deepest team MLS but one of their more valuable role players won't play again this season.

Second-year forward Adam Cristman is scheduled to have surgery Thursday to undergo a hallux rigidus correction of his right big toe, which has bothered him for nearly a year. The procedure will performed at Dr. George Theodore at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Cristman, 23, sprained the toe last season and re-aggravated it while training with the U.S. under-23 team in January. Despite suffering intense pain, he played through the injury, finishing the 2007 season with four goals, and scoring six goals in 18 games this season. The surgery and rehabilitation will bar him from competitive play for the rest of the season.

"Adam has been in pain for much of the season, but played through it as we had other injuries to our team," said Revolution vice president of player personnel Michael Burns said. "His pain became so severe that Adam could not continue to play any longer. We are all hopeful this surgery will rectify the problem and Adam can concentrate on his rehabilitation process to prepare for the 2009 season."

The Revs used a fourth-round pick, the 48th selection overall, to claim Cristman out of Virginia in the 2007 SuperDraft. He finished second among rookies in goals and assists with four apiece in 2007 and is tied for the team lead in goals with Steve Ralston this season.

Heading into a crucial match with overall MLS points leader Columbus on Saturday, the Revs' attackers are hurting. Taylor Twellman suffered a facial gash while scoring in a 2-2 tie with the Galaxy last weekend and didn't play Tuesday against Joe Public in the CONCACAF Champions League. He is listed as doubtful on the injury report for Saturday's game. Kheli Dube is out with an adductor strain; Kenny Mansally (ankle sprain) and Ralston (back spasms) are questionable.

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