The revamped Chicago Fire roster suffered a major blow with the news that midfielder John Goossens will need surgery and several months of recovery to rehabilitate a severe ankle injury.
Goossens suffered the injury late in stoppage time during the Fire’s 1-1 tie in Columbus on Saturday. He has been scheduled for a procedure Friday to repair an Osteochondral defect of the talus – essentially a cartilage injury -- and deltoid ligament sprain in his right ankle. He is projected to miss five to six months.
“John's injury is cruel, particularly given the effort he was making on the play in added time," said Fire general manager Nelson Rodríguez in a club statement. “We're sure he will work to return to the field this season and find ways to contribute to the team in the interim.”
Goossens, 28, started the match in midfield alongside Dax McCarty, who made his Fire debut following a controversial trade from the Red Bulls. Goossens fired a shot from distance narrowly wide, intercepted three passes, and registered five recoveries and three clearances.
Last season, Goossens started 15 of his 24 appearances, scored three goals, and logged four assists. He got the start against Columbus in place of Juninho, who served a suspension handed out by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for an incident in his final game for Tijuana last November.