When FC Dallas sent out a press release on Tuesday morning saying that midfielder David Ferreira would undergo minor surgery later in the day to repair a small fracture in his right foot and will miss the next six to eight weeks, one had to wonder, and maybe even laugh a bit, at the procedure being called minor in nature according to the headline on the release.
On one hand, it’s good to know that FCD feels that they had found the root of this issue which had been bothering the 2010 MLS MVP for the last few weeks, one which had also become so nebulous in nature that Dallas gaffer Schellas Hyndman pulled him out of training last week for further medical evaluation, because as the loquacious manager put it, they had no idea what the issue was.
And now it’s at least somewhat good to know what sort of timeframe FCD fans might be looking at before “El Torito” can return. Of course, there was a timeframe floated out there last year after he suffered the compound ankle fracture in Vancouver and that span of time came and went with little fanfare and still he had yet to return.
Hopefully this latest procedure, which will be Ferreira’s third in a calendar year, will do the trick. But there is always that feeling in the back of one’s mind that there could be some issues associated with this one much like there’s been with the two previous operations he’s had since the aforementioned injury.
So in the meantime, Dallas will go with Ricardo Villar at the No. 10 spot, which is a solid plan B, but there are some concerns there. For one, Villar and striker Blas Perez have been taking an absolute beating in FCD’s first four games, which makes anyone who follows this team begin to wonder what if the unthinkable happens and Villar goes down?
Then who would Hyndman roll out there? Bruno Guarda? Andrew Jacobson? Bryan Leyva? It’s tough to say but now that Ferreira is officially out for pretty much the next two months, maybe it’s also time to look at the current lack of depth in the Dallas midfield.
Still, hopefully this procedure is the one that takes for Ferreira and the third time is the charm for the Colombian playmaker. Because if one thing has been clear since his absence, it’s that FCD has missed his vision, creativity and all-around tenacity both on and off the ball and while this might be an obvious statement to issue, that doesn’t make it any less true - Dallas is a much different team with David Ferreira on the field than they are when he isn’t.
Maybe this operation, minor in nature as it may be, is the first step toward him making a triumphant return to FCD later this season because without him in the middle of the yard, this team looks like it’s currently being held together by chicken wire and duct tape more than anything.