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Porter: Only a sprain for Nagbe after scary tackle from De Jong

Portland Timbers v Los Angeles Galaxy

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 10: Ashley Cole #3 and Nigel de Jong #34 of the Los Angeles Galaxy steal the ball from Darlington Nagbe #6 of the Portland Timbers during the second half of their MLS match at StubHub Center on April 10, 2016 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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There’s terrific news for USMNT and Portland Timbers supporters when it comes to Darlington Nagbe.

The midfielder was the victim of a terrible tackle from the Galaxy’s Nigel de Jong, and was in a wheelchair by the time he left the field on Sunday in Oregon.

[ MORE: De Jong apologized to Holden before injuring Nagbe ]

But while the injury looked terrible, and De Jong faces big discipline problems, Nagbe has no structural damage in his ankle.

Portland manager Caleb Porter says it’s simply a medial ankle sprain for Nagbe. While the 25-year-0ld won’t play this weekend, his long-term future doesn’t seem at risk.

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