Injury report: Ghana’s Kwarasey out for a month
Ghana and Portland Timbers’ goalkeeper Adam Larsen Kwarasey will be out of action for at least a month.

Major League Soccer (MLS) side Portland Timbers will be without their number one goalkeeper for the next month or so due to a finger injury.

Portland Timbers’ head coach Caleb Porter has confirmed that Kwarasey, who left Saturday’s win against San Jose in the 50th minute, tore a ligament after getting his finger caught in the Providence Park turf while picking up a shot.

The good news is that Kwarasey will not need surgery, but must wear a splint on the finger.

Kwarasey’s injury has compounded the injury situation of the Timbers who are likely to miss the services of other key players in their next game.

His injury would also be a major concern for Ghana coach Avram Grant. Kwarasey recently made a return into the Ghana Black Stars after a self imposed exile and the Black Stars coach was hoping Kwarasey would add a lot of competition in the goalkeeping department.

In his absence, Portland Timbers will have to rely on Jake Gleeson, who came in for Kwarasey on Saturday when he (Kwarasey) got injured.

The 25-year-old Gleeson has been with the Timbers since their inaugural MLS season in 2011.

Prior to Saturday’s match, he hadn’t played a regular season game since 2011, though he did start in a scoreless draw with Vancouver in the first leg of last year’s Western Conference Semifinals when Kwarasey missed the game due to illness.
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