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Maurice Edu set for 3-4 months on sidelines as Union suffer a blow

2014 U.S. Open Cup - Final

CHESTER, PA - SEPTEMBER 16: Ethan White #15 and Andrew Wenger #9 of the Philadelphia Union congratulate Maurice Edu #21 after scoring a first half goal against the Seattle Sounders FC during the 2014 U.S. Open Cup Final at PPL Park on September 16, 2014 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

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Earnie Stewart’s hopes of surprising Major League Soccer in the first year of his Philadelphia revolution just suffered a big blow.

Union captain Maurice Edu is set for three to four months on the sidelines with a fracture in his leg. Given Philadelphia’s relatively young back line, his leadership will be keenly missed.

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Vincent Nogueira and Brian Carroll held down the defensive midfield with Edu missing in Week One, and figure to see plenty of time moving forward.

Edu has played 54 games for Philadelphia since arriving from Stoke City in 2014.

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