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Olsen Undergoes Another Surgery

Hey guys, Paul Tenorio filing here in place of Goff. Just got this bit of news from United spokesman Doug Hicks:

D.C. United midfielder Ben Olsen underwent another ankle surgery this afternoon, according to United spokesman Doug Hicks, adding to an extended recovery from ankle problems that have plagued the veteran this season.

"He did have another procedure today on the ankle to try to help the healing process," Hicks said. "This is not expected to end his season. We'll know more after the surgery is complete."

Olsen, who initially was expected to miss the entire season after experiencing continued pain following surgery on both ankles to clean up bone spurs last November, instead made his season debut in United's 4-1 rout of the Los Angeles Galaxy on June 29. Olsen was honored by the United fans before the game and was given a tremendous ovation upon entering the match. The 31-year-old Olsen played just 15 minutes, saying after the game: "It wasn't great; I was like a wounded animal out there."

According to Hicks, Olsen practiced the week leading up to the Galaxy game and used the match to gauge whether he could play through the pain but the pain was "substantial."

Olsen has suffered through several ankle injuries over his career, most notably breaking his ankle in early 2001 while on loan with English club Nottingham Forest -- an injury that required nearly two years of rehabilitation.

By Paul Tenorio  |  July 7, 2008; 2:14 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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