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Kevin Alston Takes Leave Of Absence From Revolution

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The Revs will be pushing forward this season without one of their first-team mainstays, fullback Kevin Alston, who has been diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia, and will be taking a leave of absence to pursue treatment.

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Word was received today via an official team press release that defender Kevin Alston has been diagnosed with a rare but treatable form of leukemia and has taken an indefinite leave of absence to undergo treatment.

"The Revolution fully supports Kevin as he begins treatment," Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said. "Right now, the most important thing for Kevin, and his family, is to concentrate on returning to full health. Kevin's had a tremendous attitude since the diagnosis and his positivity is an inspiration for all of us."

The 2010 MLS All-Star plans to return to the team in the future, but has requested privacy until that time while he undergoes treatment.

This news likely spells the return of Chris Tierney to the starting left back role that he owned for the majority of last season. As for Alston, this is definitely a blow that surely no one would wish on the Revolution and MLS veteran who has started in 116 games for the Revs since being drafted.

While it is saddening news, it is encouraging that his ailment is treatable, and hopefully means that a return to the pitch will be possible sooner rather than later.

The Bent Musket would like to wish Kevin the very best of luck with his treatment. We look forward to your return.

Fans wishing to send Alston get-well messages and thoughts can email GetWellKevinAlston@gmail.com or tag tweets with #GetWellKA.