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Report: Dike suffers achilles tear, out for MLS season and World Cup

Jimmy Nielsen; Bright Dike

Sporting Kansas City’s goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen punches clear from Toronto FC’s Bright Dike during the first half of an MLS soccer game in Toronto on Saturday, Sept, 21, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)


The Tweet from Toronto FC and Nigeria striker Bright Dike read, “Worst day of my life.”

It wasn’t specific, but it certainly was a harbinger of the stomach-turning news that followed. A report says the Oklahoma-born player has suffered a torn achilles tendon and will miss the entire MLS season as well as the World Cup.

Dike had begun to carve a spot for himself in the plans of Nigerian head coach Stephen Keshi’s plans and, as we wrote last week, it seemed like his inclusion in the roster for the World Cup-bound team’s March 5 friendly against Mexico would be more than just a pat on the back. It was a real chance to shine.

The 27-year-old was not only expected to compete for a spot with the Super Eagles but to provide solid depth behind flashy new signings Jermain Defoe and Gilberto at BMO Field.

PST’s own Joe Prince-Wright played against Dike as a collegian and wished the striker well in his recovery.

Played against @bbright19 and he was an absolute beast. Terrible news on his latest injury. Wish you the best with your recovery, Bright.

— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) February 17, 2014

One of the first MLS signings for the Portland Timbers, Dike came back from an ACL tear in August 2013 before being acquired by Toronto in exchange for Max Urruti a month later. The prolific Notre Dame product scored once in seven matches for TFC.

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