Columbus Crew right-back Harrison Afful suffered what was said to be a broken jaw during Saturday, March 30 win over Atlanta United which could see him out for six weeks.
Ghana Soccernet reported that the incident occurred with a collision into fellow Ghanaian Jonathan Mensah in the 27th minute.
He was immediately taken to the hospital after the match where he remained for a couple of days to be assessed further.
''I heard a sound, but you just never know – it’s wet and the ball is hitting sopping wet jerseys so you just don’t know what the sound is,'' Columbus Crew midfielder Will Trapp said.
''So he went down and I thought it was a nose break, which is still serious but not a big deal. To hear that he broke his jaw is just devastating.''
Afful's jaw is wired shut and will be for at least four weeks, they will need to return to match fitness.
The match against Atlanta was Afful's 100th in MLS regular season play since joining the Blood and Gold in 2005.
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