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Toronto FC teen to miss season due to knee injury

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Nicholas Lindsay will spend a full season on the sidelines thanks to a serious off-season knee injury.

Toronto FC announced Wednesday that the 18-year-old winger, who made the jump from the academy to the senior team late into the 2010 season, will need two surgeries to repair damage done to his knee in an off-season incident.

TFC did not say how Lindsay suffered the injury.

“Nicholas made huge strides in the short time he has been with the team and has a bright future ahead of him,” said Earl Cochrane, Toronto FC Director of Team and Player Operations, in a press release. “We will support him with everything he needs to make a full recovery.”

Lindsay made his senior Toronto FC debut on the same night that interim head coach Nick Dasovic took the reins of the club. Lindsay came on as a second-half sub on Sept. 15, in a 4-1 CONCACAF Champions League loss to Real Salt Lake in rarified Utah air.

Lindsay also had a great chance to score in Toronto FC’s summer friendly with Bolton Wanderers; after taking a deft pass from the wing from Dutch trialist Bas Ent — who is waiting on the new Reds management to confirm a three-year contract offer made by the previous management regime — Lindsay had his shot stopped by Bolton’s Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Lindsay was not part of the November U-23 pre-Olympic qualifying camp held last November.

The question, of course, is how such an injury will affect Lindsay’s career in the long-term. Many players who suffer serious knee injuries are never quite the same when they get back.

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