Vancouver Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit could miss the 2013 season after rupturing his left Achilles tendon in Saturday’s opener against Toronto at B.C. Place.
The Province has learned that DeMerit suffered a complete tear just six minutes into the match when he leaped for a header. The 33-year-old had played through Achilles tendinitis last season, he admitted during training camp. It was an injury that flared up in February after receiving prolotherapy injections that were supposed to help.
Caps’ coach Martin Rennie said after Saturday’s win that both DeMerit and the medical staff felt confident in the defender’s ability to play in the opener. Instead, it was Brad Rusin stepping in quickly to play along side Andy O’Brien.
The lesson here is never take any risks ever in sports injury. Or rather that DeMerit’s Achilles was made of bits of paper, possibly some twine. Get well soon.