5-7 months recovery ahead for New England ‘keeper Matt Reis

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Bad news for the New England Revolution today: the team announced that veteran goalkeeper Matt Reis will require 5-7 months to recover from surgery to repair a left quadriceps tendon tear.

The injury occurred in the dying seconds of his team’s loss to Sporting Kansas City in last week’s second leg of the Eastern Conference semifinal series. So the injury did not impact the outcome of his team’s series with Sporting KC, the Revolution’s first playoff matches since 2009. But it will impact 2014.

This is all assuming that Reis returns in 2014 – and seeing how strong the man toward the end of his 16th MLS season, let’s all hope he does. Reis will turn 39 early next year.

In the very best-case scenario, Reis would be back on the training ground at the beginning of April next year. That’s the earliest possible return, which puts him back on the field more than a month into the season.

The less optimistic outcome has Reis getting back into action about three months into the season.

The club does have Bobby Shuttleworth, a highly capable backup who even took the job from Reis for a while this year. So the cupboard is hardly bare.

Reis went 7-0-4 on the year; he was the first MLS goalkeeper to go undefeated in a season with more than 10 appearances.