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Nguyen Undergoes ‘Procedure’ for Injury

Photo credit: Chris Aduama/

Photo credit: Chris Aduama/

It appears that neither of the Revolution’s top two midfielders will be suiting up for preseason action this winter.

With Jermaine Jones already slated to miss regular season action due to sports hernia surgery performed on Feb. 10, Revolution coach Jay Heaps confirmed on a teleconference with the media on Friday that Lee Nguyen underwent “a procedure” for an undisclosed injury.

“(It’s) more of a preventative (measure),” Heaps said. “He’s progressing well as we speak.”

During the preseason, clubs are not required to reveal injury information to the media.

Though Heaps did not disclose the nature of the his midfielder’s ailment, Nguyen did have elastic therapeutic tape on each side of his right knee during his appearances against Chile (Jan. 28) and Panama (Feb. 8) while with the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Photo credit: AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo

Photo credit: AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo

The tape can be used to reduce pain due to joint inflammation. While some medical experts contend that it does little more than provide a placebo effect to the user, some athletes claim that the tape does have medical benefits. 

Last week, Revolution striker Charlie Davies, a longtime friend of Nguyen, mentioned that the 2014 MVP finalist was less than 100 percent healthy following his stint with the U.S.

“I think he has a couple of little nagging injuries that he had with the National Team,” Davies said.

Though Jones’ recovery time for his sports hernia surgery was set for 4-6 weeks after the procedure was completed, Heaps was mum on Nguyen’s return.

“We don’t want to rush to any timetables, because we want to make sure that they’re healing, and that they come back at the right time without pushing them,” Heaps said. “But both players are progressing well.”

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