Two Philadelphia Union players sat out most of the final three games of the 2012 season because of ankle injuries.
Starting fullbacks Sheanon Williams and Gabriel Farfan were slowed considerably by their respective ankle injuries as the season wound down. Between the two of them, they played only 64 minutes during the three-game stretch. The rest of the time, they could only watch as their teammates struggled against Houston, Sporting Kansas City, and New York.
The Union lost all three matches, surrendering eight goals in all—the most they had lost in a three-game series since last September, according to one report.
After the team’s 3-0 loss to the Red Bulls in the final game, both players told reporters that they would rather have been on the field than forced to recuperate. Williams commented, “Any time a few guys on the backline go down, it hurts. Anybody that was sitting up in the booth with me knows I’d rather be playing. It sucks.”
“It’s tough watching any game when you’re injured,” Farfan told MLSsoccer.com. “Obviously, you always want to be out there battling and fighting for your team and getting the win, especially if there’s a good offense you’re playing against. Those are the games we always get up for.”
Williams’ and Farfan’s injuries happened around the same time, the former sustaining his injury—reportedly a peroneal/Achilles strain—after a hard tackle during training, and the latter experiencing a stress reaction. Both players are looking forward to having time to heal during the offseason, and both anticipate a full recovery in time for the next season.
Ankle injuries are relatively common among athletes, both professionals and the “weekend” variety. If you’ve “done something” to your ankle, as Williams said he did to his, the friendly Philadelphia podiatrists at Healthmark Foot and Ankle Associates can help you heal, so that you, too, can get back in the game.