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Roger Espinoza’s injury may not be so serious

Roger Espinoza head shot

We told you yesterday about Roger Espinoza’s injury, and how a lengthy layoff for Sporting Kansas City’s Honduran international would dent the team’s chances of doing something special in the coming MLS playoffs.

Espinoza is the tempo-setter for Kansas City’s pressure throughout the field, truly one of the busiest two-way men in MLS.

He crumbled under a challenge near goal in injury time during yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Columbus and needed to be stretchered off the field.

(MORE: Double hit of bad news for Sporting KC)

Today brings news that Espinoza may have done something less serious to the right ankle than first thought. The club has put his release for Honduran World Cup duty on hold, but even that will need to be reassessed today, SKC coach Peter Vermes said.

It’s hard to tell you exactly, but I think he’s going to be okay. They think he just dorsiflexed his ankle a little past the point. We’ll have to see, but I think he’s going to be all right.”

No, I had no idea what “dorsiflexion” was, either. It is the process of raising the top of the foot too far forward toward the shin.