JAMIE HILL - Friday, May 13, 2011
When Norways Mjondalen IF signed Rhett Bernstein and Kyle Helton this offseason, the American duo were expected to make an immediate impact in the club's 1. Division campaign.

However, after five matches into the league season the pair have just one combined appearance after both encountered injury troubles.

Bernstein was named to Mjondalen's opening day starting lineup in what could be his first and only match of the season after suffering an ACL injury.

"Rhett [Bernstein] tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee so he is out for several months," Mjondalen Sports Administration Chief Kenneth Karlsen told YA. "He will have an operation in June and will probably be out for the rest of the season, at least until November. The injury happened in practice before a game and it was just one of those unlucky bad incidents that happens in football."

Bernstein's compatriot Kyle Helton has also been a victim of injury woes in the beginning of the Norwegian season. The outlook is rosier for the former New England Revolution and Austin Aztex defender, however, and he is expected to to return to the field soon.

"[Helton] has got a muscle injury in his thigh," reported Karlsen. "It's just a minor muscle injury and he's already been out for 5 or 6 weeks but he's soon recovered from it. He will begin training again in one week and hopefully will be playing in a game for us in two weeks."

In the early stages of the season, Mjondalen are sitting in a mid-table position in Norway's second tier.