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Chicago Fire has cover for Cory Gibbs injury

Fierro kicks the ball away from Gibbs during their match in Bridgeview

C.D. Guadalajara forward Carlos Fierro (L) kicks the ball away from Chicago Fire defender Cory Gibbs during the first half of their friendly soccer match in Bridgeview, Illinois September 14, 2011. REUTERS/Frank Polich (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)


Losing a veteran, starting center back will never be good news. On the other hand, the Chicago Fire is well equipped to deal with this injury hit, just announced by the club.

Former U.S. international Cory Gibbs will miss four to six months after successful surgery to repair his right meniscus.

Ordinarily, the ouzo would be flowing in the Fire-friendly Polish bars of the Windy City over something like this. But it’s almost as if manager Frank Klopas has been girding for this very news. Former German international Arne Friedrich joined workouts almost three weeks ago and should be fit soon for his first MLS test. Assuming he can get past his own spotty history of injury, Chicago’s defense shouldn’t decline a bit.

Jalil Anibaba remains a good, young central partner. Meanwhile, well-regarded rookie Austin Berry was drafted for this very reason, to provide quality cover.

There’s more about the ins and outs of what this means to Klopas and crew, heading into this weekend’s match with Houston and beyond, at the Hot Time in the Old Town blog.