Two weeks removed from a non-contact injury sustained against the LA Galaxy, Jermaine Jones underwent surgery to repair a bilateral sports hernia. His procedure took place this afternoon at Mass General Hospital; the Revolution believe its star midfielder will miss 6-8 weeks of action.
Jones has struggled to stay on the field this season, appearing in just nine of his club's 15 matches. On February 10, the USMNT mainstay underwent surgery to repair his first sports hernia, a procedure that initially required a four-to-six week recovery. Jones returned on April 11, playing 45 minutes during a 0-0 draw with Columbus.
This time around, the Revolution midfielder underwent a similar procedure--though his rehabilitation process may take twice as long. In his absence, Jay Heaps will likely deploy Andy Dorman and Scott Caldwell in the two holding midfield spots, though technical midfielder Daigo Kobayashi also figures to compete for playing time.
During several spring matches, Heaps also utilized Jones as a center back, seeking to account for his club's lack of depth at the position. With Darrius Barnes out until at least October after undergoing left knee surgery, Heaps' roster looks increasingly thin; Kevin Alston and Jeremy Hall serve as the only natural defenders left on the team's bench.
In the meantime, Heaps' squad will focus on a weekend match with Eastern Conference rival Chicago Fire. Match kicks off on Satuday at 7:30PM ET from Gillette Stadium.