BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, April 17, 2012
US international defender Michael Parkhurst has suffered a broken toe recently at his club FC Nordsjaelland but will likely return to the field soon.
Parkhurst, 28, has been playing with a broken toe the past few weeks but it wasn't until this past weekend that the club decided to rest the Rhode Island native.
"Michael broke his toe at home a few weeks ago," Nordsjaelland press officer Christian Wolny told YA on Tuesday. "But he played the two following matches against SonderjyskE away and FC Midtjylland away since it wouldn't make the injury worse - just a pain issue."
The reason Nordsjaelland decided to sit Parkhurst is that while he was able to play through the pain in games, he was not training with the club. After several weeks, he was losing his fitness.
Still, the club does not believe this will be a long-tern injury.
"But this Sunday [in our] home win against Silkeborg Mike didn't play because now it's been almost three weeks without training because of the broken toe," Wolny continued. "That it just too long a break to maintain match fitness. But we expect him to be back on the training pitch soon and then he'll be back in the team."
Parkhurst signed a contract extension last fall that will keep him at Nordsjaelland through the end of 2012.
He has become a favorite among the club's fans and is widely considered to be an important part of the team that currently sits in second place in the Danish Superliga and are in a position to earn a spot in the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds.
In fact, just this past month, Parkhurst reached an important milestone at Nordsjaelland.
"He has become a very important part of the team's success after he started playing on the offensive right back," Wolny concluded. "The coaching staff uses him whenever they can. His match in Midtjylland was by the way his match number 100 in FC Nordsjaelland. Only 13 players reached 100 games for us before mike - and none of them were foreigners."