Terminesi of MISL's Wave undergoing exam for possible brain tumor

Milwaukee player, league's third-leading scorer, has been placed on injured reserve

February 17, 2010|By From Sun staff reports

Forward Marco Terminesi, the leading scorer for the Major Indoor Soccer League's Milwaukee Wave, has been placed on injured reserve as he undergoes an examination for what doctors believe could be a brain tumor.

Terminesi, a native of Woodbridge, Ontario, and the league's third-leading scorer, has returned to Canada for testing and observation. He has missed five of the Wave's past six games with nausea, headaches and symptoms of vertigo. He is eligible to return March 7.

In a letter to teammates Monday, Terminesi, 25, said doctors believe he has a tumor on the pineal gland in the center of the brain. The type of tumor and its status is unclear, he said. Doctors believe the best course of action is to observe him for six weeks, then perform a magnetic resonance imaging to see whether the tumor has changed size or shape. A biopsy comes with risks because of the location of the gland and the tumor, Terminesi said, so doctors want to pursue other options first.

"I am in good hands here and you know I will be jumping up and down every time you guys score and win a game," he wrote. "No matter how much pain I am in I will come down there and hold the trophy with you guys when you win it."

Terminesi added that doctors aren't positive the symptoms are related to the possible tumor. The original diagnosis was an inner-ear infection, but as symptoms worsened, doctors performed tests and found the irregularity.

"Words cannot describe how much we miss Marco's presence each and every day, more for who he is than what he has done," Wave coach Keith Tozer said. "He and his family are in our prayers, and we look forward to his return to the Wave in the very near future."

Terminesi started experiencing symptoms days after a Jan. 10 game against Monterrey La RaZa. He sat out the Wave's losses Jan. 16 and 17, then played in Milwaukee's 13-10 victory over the Blast on Jan. 23, scoring a 3-pointer and a 2-pointer. He has not played since.

Terminesi has 35 points in nine games this season. He recorded 52 points in 20 games as a rookie in 2008-09 and was Xtreme Soccer League Rookie of the Year.

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