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BSC: Simpson has “broken tibia, fibula and ankle”

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Midfielder Josh Simpson looks to be lost to the Canadian national team for an indefinite time period.

On Wednesday, Simpson left BSC Young Boys’ final game of the Swiss league season, after he was brought down by FC Basel’s German defender, Markus Steinhofer. According to the match report on BSC Young Boys’ official website, Simpson suffered “a broken tibia, fibula and ankle.” (See the link, in German, HERE)

If there are multiple breaks — as is suggested by the team — then Simpson will indeed face a long recovery time. Swiss newspaper Bund (CLICK HERE) reports that Simpson will be out at least eight months.

Simpson, of course, is an automatic starter on the wing for the Canadian national team. But coach Stephen Hart now has to pretty well discount Simpson for his plans for World Cup qualifying, at least for the majority of 2012. Even after the leg heals, it takes time for a player to get back into playing shape.

Ironically, BSC won the match 2-1, and Simpson set up the first goal on a nice give-and-go.

This ends a nightmarish season for Simpson. In January, after he and his agent appealed to FIFA, Simpson was released from his contract at Turkish side Manisaspor. Simpson’s agent confirmed that he and his client had begun the process to get the release since August of 2011, as they claimed the Canadian hadn’t been paid. Then, when Simpson arrived at BSC, he wasn’t eligible to play, as he had to wait weeks for his official release from his former Turkish employers.

 

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