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Portland Timbers centerback Futty Danso is going to miss the next 4-to-6 weeks after fracturing his foot, the team announced on Wednesday.
Danso suffered the injury in training on Tuesday, fracturing his fifth metatarsal in his left foot. His absence will pave the way for Eric Brunner and new signing Hanyer Mosquera to be the likely centerback tandem on opening day, which for the Timbers is Monday at home against the Philadelphia Union.
While Danso, who scored three goals last season and emerged as an aerial threat on both ends of the field last year, will be missed, the Timbers are well-equipped to deal with his absence. Between Brunner and Mosquera, Portland has two starting-caliber players, and the club also drafted Generation adidas signing Andrew Jean-Baptiste in the first round of January's SuperDraft.
If Danso's recovery time lasts to the far end of the timetable, he could miss six matches and be ready to return for the Timbers' home match against Sporting Kansas City on April 21.
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