Injuries leave RSL short at center back
Published: June 20, 2013 11:57AM
Updated: June 29, 2013 04:57PM
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Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune (left) Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Michael Stephens (26) and (right) Real Salt Lake defender Kwame Watson-Siriboe (3) compete for the ball during a game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City on June 8, 2013. Real Salt Lake went on to win the game 3-1.

Real Salt Lake is suddenly suffering a center back shortage.

Chris Schuler, the starter for the season’s first 12 games, is already dealing with a foot injury. Now, backup Kwame Watson-Siriboe could miss significant time because of a likely ACL injury.

Watson-Siriboe suffered an injury in the third minute of a reserve game Saturday in Phoenix. He played five more minutes before being taken out of the game.

Doctors initially believed Watson-Siriboe had injured his meniscus, a team source said, but it appears now to be a more serious ACL injury. The extent of the injury and the amount of time Watson-Siriboe might miss was not immediately clear.

Whatever happens could impact RSL’s activity when the transfer window opens next month.

“If both of them were to be out for an extended period, we’d have to look at possibly some reinforcements,” RSL general manager Garth Lagerwey told ESPN 700 on Wednesday. “We obviously have a lot of confidence in Carlos Salcedo and Aaron Maund to get a job done, but we’d have to look at what is our plan for the rest of the season.”

The team will continue to be cautious with Schuler over the next two to four weeks, hoping to prevent the onset of a stress fracture, an injury that kept him out for four months last year.

• Aaron Falk

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