U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu left FC Twente’s Dutch Cup quarterfinal against PSV Eindhoven after just 25 minutes on Wednesday, prompting American fans to wonder if the snakebitten centerback was due for another extended spell on the sidelines.
Onyewu, 28, ruptured his patellar tendon in October 2009, not long after signing with Italian giants AC Milan. He missed the remainder of the 2009-10 season while rehabbing the injury, and had been unable to crack the Milan first team so far in 2010-11.
On Jan. 11, he was loaned to Twente, making his first competitive club appearance in more than a year on Jan. 19 against Heracles.
When he left Wednesday’s game, just his third with Twente, so prematurely, it seemed his bad luck had returned.
But yesterday came news that the injury was relatively minor: a tweaked muscle between his ribs, according to reporter Avi Creditor, who spoke to Gooch on Thursday.
All he needs is a few days off, some rest–and some light massage from his tantalizing Persian wife, Salome.
It could be a lot, lot worse.