Manning's return halted by knee pain

January 18, 1991|By Bill Free

Scott Manning was forced to leave practice early yesterday because of recurring pain in his right knee and will not play this weekend against the Tacoma Stars and Wichita Wings at the Baltimore Arena.

Manning, who has a sprained medial collateral ligament in the knee, had hoped to make it through practice yesterday with the help of a knee brace and possibly play tomorrow against the Stars or Sunday against Wichita.

It would have been a quick one-week recovery for Manning from the injury that occurred last Friday night in Wichita in a 7-6 overtime loss to the Wings.

"Things didn't go great for me," said Manning, who practiced for approximately 45 minutes. "There's some instability in the knee and some pain. I had to stop practicing and get some ice. Now I'm going to Dr. Bill Neal for therapy."

Manning, who was honored Wednesday as the Blast's Most Valuable Player for the second quarter, said it didn't take long for him to realize he wasn't ready to play.

"My movement is limited and it doesn't look good right now," said Manning.

Blast coach Kenny Cooper said he didn't want to take any chances with Manning for a regular-season game.

"The playoffs would be a different story," said Cooper. "Hank Henry [backup goalkeeper] is ready and fit to play and he'll have to carry the load until Scott returns. Scott heals quickly and part of him wants to play. But goalkeepers are out there for the whole game and have to be really fit to play. It's not like a field player who can go in and out of the game for a few minutes."

Blast trainer Marty McGinty said Manning was able to try a quick comeback (originally thought to be three to four weeks) because the knee condition has become a "chronic one for Scott."

"He's had the same injury [sprained medial collateral ligament] before and you can come back faster the second or third times," said McGinty. "That's because once the pain subsides, you can play."

NOTES: Richard Chinapoo (sore left knee), Mark Mettrick (left hip flexor) and Billy Ronson (strained upper right quadriceps) missed the full-scale practice yesterday but are expected to play this weekend. . . . Mettrick and Ronson went through stretching exercises but didn't practice. Chinapoo missed the entire workout.

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