Ghanaian midfielder Nana Boateng
, who was expected to step in for departed Jermaine Jones
in the Colorado midfield, will miss 8-10 weeks after injuring his back in the Rapids' 2-1 loss
to Real Salt Lake.
Boateng, who joined the Rapids from Manchester City, fractured three lumbar vertebrae while landing on his back in a challenge with RSL midfielder Luke
. No surgery will be required.
“This is unfortunate timing for Nana,” said Rapids sporting director Padraig Smith
. “He has acclimated quickly to the
team and the altitude, and was beginning to show the talent and forward drive we identified when bringing him to the club.”
Adjei-Boateng joined the Rapids after spending the past
four seasons on loan at Norwegian club Stromsgodset. He has made two starts for Colorado in midfield.