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James Sands diagnosed with broken collarbone

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NYCFC’s star youngster could miss the remainder of the season.

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UPDATE: According to Glenn Crooks, Domé Torrent has confirmed that Sands will receive surgery and is estimated to be out for 6-8 weeks.

Original story: James Sands just hasn’t had much luck recently. In New York City FC’s first game against FC Cincinnati back in June, the young defender had a stretch of phenomenal form come to a screeching halt after sustaining a broken bone in his arm.

The injury kept him out for a little over a month before returning on July 20 against the Columbus Crew. Since then, he has been playing with an atheltic cast while the arm injury fully heals. But the 19-year-old suffered another setback last night — once again against Cincinnati — when he made hard contact with Cincy’s Mathieu Deplagne. It has been revealed that the injury sustained is a broken collarbone.

“It’s bad news for us,” NYCFC manager Domé Torrent said. “We have to check in New York. We have to wait at least two days, that is not good news for us because I love this player. We need this player. We need everybody, but especially this player. Sometimes the soccer is not fair with the players, and right now it’s not fair with Jimmy.”

Now, I’m not a doctor. But I know that a broken collarbone is a pretty rough injury and one that takes a while to heal. Combine that with his already broken arm, and I think it’s safe to say that it’s a longshot we see Sands in action again this season.

According to some of the research I’ve done, it usually takes a clavicle fracture 4 to 8 weeks (1-2 months) to heal if surgery isn’t required, not counting post-injury physical rehabilitation. That isn’t an incredibly long time frame in all honesty. But on top of the arm injury, NYCFC management may seem like a slow and steady recovery is in Sands’ best interests. After all, we’re still talking about a sub-20 player who has his best athletic years — and his whole life — ahead of him.

We wish James the speediest and cleanest of recoveries. Get well soon, Sandman!