Will Johnson, captain of the Portland Timbers, looks set to be out for a long time after suffering a truly sickening injury against Toronto FC.
In the first minute of Portland’s match in Toronto, the city Johnson was born in, the Canadian international midfielder went sliding into a 50-50 tackle in the midfield with Mark Bloom and came off worst.
Early reports suggest Johnson has suffered a lower-leg fracture to his right leg as he was carried off the field on a stretcher and his leg was strapped in a brace. Johnson’s close friend and TFC midfielder Michael Bradley was by his side as the Timbers skipper was being treated on the field. Johnson, 27, has been the heartbeat of Portland’s midfield over the last two seasons and recently signed a new long-term contract with the Timbers.
Speaking to ProSoccerTalk back in April, he talked about his love for Toronto and his links to the city, so an incident like this occurring in somewhere that means so much to him is even more harrowing. From everyone at PST, our thoughts go out to Johnson and we wish him a speedy recovery.
Warning: The vine below shows the incident as Johnson and Bloom collide and you can clearly see Johnson’s lower right leg take the impact. It doesn’t look good.