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February 21, 2012
Gooch out 2 months due to knee surgery

U.S. international and Sporting Lisbon defender Oguchi Onyewu will be sidelined for two months because of knee surgery, the Portuguese First Division side announced on Tuesday.

Medical scans on Tuesday revealed that Gooch had suffered a torn ligament and meniscus in his right knee. The injury was sustained in Sporting's 1-0 win over Pacos Ferreira on Sunday.

This wasn't the first time Onyewu suffered a knee injury. He tore his petallar tendon in his left knee during a World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica on Oct. 14, 2009. He returned for 2010 South Africa, but he struggled in the World Cup. Onyewu, however, did not become his old selt until the Portuguese season began.

His latest knee injury could put into jeopardy whether he will be at full strength when the United States begins World Cup qualifying against Antigua & Barbuda in Tampa on June 8. He should return to action near the end of April. Whether that will be enough time for Gooch to retain his form, it remains to be seen.

Onyewu has scored five goals, including four in the league.

Sporting is fourth in the First Division, trailing leaders Benfica by 13 points.

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