Chicago Fire midfielder Patrick Nyarko is expected to be out six to eight months after undergoing surgery to repair his torn right ACL on Thursday, the Fire announced.
Nyarko injured his knee in the team's loss at D.C. United on Oct. 18. He had a goal and three assists in 17 appearances for the Fire this season. Nyarko also missed several games early in the season with a sprained knee.
With the Fire opening preseason play in February and the regular season in March, it’s unclear whether Nyarko will be ready to start the season.
In 177 career appearances for the Fire, Nyarko has 16 goals and 35 assists. He earned one cap with the Ghanaian national team, in a friendly with Chile in 2012.
The 28-year-old Nyarko played collegiately in the U.S. at Virginia Tech and was taken seventh overall by Chicago in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft.
Chicago had 34 points this season and finished ninth in the Eastern Conference, missing the playoffs for the second straight season and for the fourth time in the last five seasons.
- Phil Watson