DAVID SMITH - Thursday, July 1, 2010
TSV 1860 Munich forward Kenny Cooper broke his ankle in practice on Thursday afternoon and is expected to miss the next three months, the German 2. Bundesliga team confirmed through their website.
The former FC Dallas player had only rejoined the team on Thursday, and was in his first training session since he left on loan to England in January when the accident happened.
"In his first training session on Thursday afternoon following his return from Plymouth Argyle where the 25 year-old was on load during the spring, [Cooper] broke an outer bone in his right ankle," the team released through their website on Thursday evening.
1860 had already started preparations for their 2010-11 season several days prior, however Cooper was contractually unable to join them until after his official loan at Argyle had run out on June 30.
Team doctors quickly determined that the injury would require immediate surgery, and expect the recovery to keep the hulking forward out of action until October.
"Following a thorough examination in the Wolfart Clinic in Gräfelfing, team doctor Dr. Alois Englhard and Dr. Tim Kinateder will operate in the evening," the press release goes on. "It is anticipated that Cooper will need a three month break to recover."
It has not been stated whether, as during the long rehabilitation from last season's knee injury, Cooper will return to his native Dallas as he recovers from his latest setback.
The timing of the unfortunate injury means that Cooper will have to wait until the season is well underway before having any chance to work his way into new coach Reiner Maurer's plans for the team.
The former 1860 player and previous head coach from 2004-2006 had just joined the organization with the intention of coaching their U23 team in the Regionalliga, but was handed the reigns of the first team one week ago when former coach Ewald Lienen left for Greek powerhouse Olympiakos Piräus.
Cooper started his first campaign in Germany strongly with two goals netted in the first three league games of the 2009-10 season, but cooled off considerably afterward and had been relegated to Lienen's bench in the games prior to his knee injury.
A loan to the struggling English club Argyle, coached by one-time MLS assistant Paul Mariner, failed to produce any significant playing time or an invitation to join the US World Cup roster.