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The Crew announced today that both goalkeeper William Hesmer and forward Tommy Heinemann have undergone microfracture surgery. Hesmer will be out at least 6 months after surgery on his hip. Heinemann is expected to miss 9-12 months.
The injury to Hesmer is a big loss. He has been the team's starter since mid 2007 and has the team record in shutouts and wins. Andy Gruenebaum has replaced him in the lineup and will likely set a career high in games played, currently 10, set in 2007 and matched 2009.
Heinemann played 5 minutes in Colorado and played in 28 games last year will hurt the team's depth at forward. Vargas and Renteria are the team's starting pair, but Heinemann was first choice off the bench. The Crew recently signed Aaron Schoenfeld and has Justin Meram and Aaron Horton further down the depth chart. Mirosevic and Finlay can also fill in at forward.
This announcement comes as a bit of a surprise as the coaching staff called Hesmer's absence from the 18 this past weekend against New York as a setback in his ankle injury recently and was due for a doctor's visit to investigate further. Warzycha did disclose to MLSSoccer and the Dispatch that Heinemann had not responded well to recent therapy and was due to be placed on the disabled list.
The team has some roster room to maneuver with both players eligible to be placed on the disabled list, but there will be no cap relief for the team for either injured player. Any new signing would have an impact on the ability to make any moves during the last days of the winter transfer window or this summer.