Xavier Kouassi, the Ivorian midfielder the New England Revolution signed as a Designated Player for a summer arrival, has suffered a torn ACL in his right knee while playing for his current club and will miss the next 6-9 months, according to Le Nouvelliste in Switzerland.
Kouassi, playing for Swiss club FC Sion, suffered the injury on Sunday in 1-0 win over Zurich, exiting in the 57th minute, and the captain's season is over. He is due to join the Revolution upon the opening of the summer transfer window, and his contract with Sion expires on June 30.
“We’ve got a lot of technical players, but he’s got a little bit of grit to him, a little bit of bite. That’s probably not a bad thing for our team,” Revolution general manager Mike Burns said upon his signing.
Now it remains to be seen just when that grit and bite is added to the Revolution and how effective the 26-year-old Kouassi is coming off a major injury.
For that grit, the club could turn again to Jermaine Jones, who is out of contract and suspended for six games regardless of where he signs, stemming from a playoff incident with referee Mark Geiger. Jones, who has been vocal about being lowballed by the Revolution, is coming off a January camp with the U.S. men's national team in which he started in the midfield and at center back against Iceland and Canada, respectively.