At the end of the 2015 season, FC Edmonton’s Ritchie Jones felt pain in hus knee. He didn’t think it was overly serious — likely just aches caused by overuse. After all, the English midfielder had played soccer since he could walk, including 44 games with the Eddies over the previous two seasons.
By the spring of 2016, FC Edmonton’s training camp had begun, and the knee didn’t get any better.
“The tendon felt rock hard inside of my knee,” said Jones.
The spring season began, and Jones was still on the sidelines. There were ups and downs, and the hope was ready that the Manchester United product would be ready to play at the beginning of the fall season. But, as the spring season wound down, it was clear that the knee wasn’t going to cooperate. The doctors told Jones he needed complete rest.
And that’s when he and the Eddies came to the mutual decision that it was best to terminate his current contract, allowing him to go home to England and get that rest he so badly needs.
“It needs complete rest in order to heal up,” Jones said Friday as he prepared for his trip back across the Atlantic. “I’m pretty gutted about it.”
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