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More Surgery for Vaughn, No Suspension for De Ro

Chivas USA defender Lawson Vaughn will require three surgeries, not one as initially believed, to repair a shattered nose and other facial injuries when he was kicked by Houston's Dwayne De Rosario on Saturday night.

Vaughn had surgery Sunday to reconstruct his nose, will have another procedure Thursday for further repair and another after the season for reconstructive purposes, said his New York-based agent, Ron Waxman. Vaughn's timetable to return remains four to six weeks.

"I was told it was as if he had gotten kicked in the face by a horse," Waxman said.

Vaughn was attempting to head the ball in the penalty area when De Rosario attempted a bicycle kick and smashed the Chivas USA player in the face. He received a yellow card for a reckless foul, but will not be suspensed or fined by MLS.

"If you do something reckless, it may cause an injury," Waxman said. "In this case, he did something reckless that resulted in a very serious injury. Do I think he did it intentionally? No, of course not. But it was reckless and you have to pay the consequences. I think the MLS disciplinary committee got it wrong."

To see the photographs, click here. Also, watch this video (in the ninth minute) and the replays. What do you think?

By Steve Goff  |  May 7, 2008; 9:05 PM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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