Hurting Blast faces 2 games this weekend

Bowers may miss month

Santoro out for season


January 04, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Injuries and a suspension have the Blast short-handed this weekend as it tries to get back on track starting with tonight's visit from the Cleveland Force.

The Blast, last in the Major Indoor Soccer League's Eastern Conference with a 5-12 mark, will be without standout defender Sean Bowers (ankle sprain) for up to four weeks and also lost veteran midfielder Danny Santoro (torn anterior cruciate ligament in left knee) for the season.

Forward Lee Tschantret also will be out of tonight's lineup, serving a one-game suspension after being ejected for receiving three penalties in the Blast's 11-2 loss to the Harrisburg Heat on Sunday. He will be back for tomorrow's game at Milwaukee.

Bowers, the league's Defender of the Year last season, injured his ankle in practice Thursday and had a magnetic resonance imaging test yesterday that showed no fracture. In 15 games this season, he has 20 points and a team-high 40 blocked shots. Santoro, who injured the knee in Sunday's loss, has 14 points in 12 games. He is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery Jan. 29.

Recently signed defender/midfielder Wendell Regis, who played with Harrisburg last year, is ready to play this weekend. Regis, who has been practicing with the Blast for most of the season, had a brief stint in Baltimore during the 1997-98 season.

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