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Rowe to miss 6-8 weeks with knee sprain

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The versatile midfielder may have played his last minutes of 2017.

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The Revolution left Sunday’s match against NYCFC heartbroken after conceding yet another late lead. But that wasn’t the worst outcome of the 2-1 loss.

On Wednesday, Revolution Writer & Editor Jeff Lemieux reported that midfielder Kelyn Rowe, who sustained a knee injury late into Sunday’s match, will miss at least six weeks with a right knee sprain.

With just eight weeks remaining in the regular season, Rowe may not appear again this year, barring a late-season resurgence by the 10th-place Revolution.

Diego Fagundez and Xavier Kouassi, who suffered their own injuries Sunday, returned to full training this week. The same is true of Lee Nguyen, who endured an injury before kickoff.

In Rowe’s absence, the Revolution will have plenty of midfield coverage, with Fagundez, Nguyen, Krisztian Nemeth and Teal Bunbury all capable of filling the void. Rowe’s ability to start along the back line—and make a mid-match switch to left back—will be missed most. In his absence, Jay Heaps will likely deploy a rotating cast of defenders, including Andrew Farrell and Chris Tierney. Claude Dielna, who earned his first start of the season Sunday as a center back, could also enter the mix for starts.

The Revolution hit the field next on Saturday, when the club visits Eastern Conference foe D.C. United.