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Sounders Centerback Jhon Kennedy Hurtado Suffers Knee Injury In Sounders Win Over Portland

Seattle Sounders defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado was forced to leave the Seattle Sounders 3-2 victory over the Portland Timbers on Sunday after suffering an injury to his right knee. Hurtado went in for a challenge on a 50/50 ball and collided with Timbers midfielder Diego Chara. Hurtado called for a sub immediately and was replaced after staying on the sideline for several minutes, but he was able to walk to the bench under his own power.

The nature and extent of the injury are not publicly known at this time, with Hurtado scheduled to undergo tests in the coming days. Hurtado was reportedly seen in the locker room walking freely without a brace after the game, but knee injuries of this sort are notoriously different to get a firm grasp on without sometimes extensive tests. The Sounders do have quality depth at centerback but Hurtado and Parke are clearly the first choice pairing and any significant lost time would be a huge blow to the Sounders.

Hurtado missed the majority of the 2010 season after tearing the ACL in his left knee.