John To Miss Next 3-4 Weeks With Knee Injury

Oct. 22, 2008

SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington senior midfielder George John will miss the next three to four weeks of the Husky men's soccer season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair torn meniscus in his right knee, Wednesday.

John, the Huskies' co-captain and a preseason candidate for the MAC Hermann Trophy, suffered the injury in Washington's last match at San Diego State on Sunday. The Huskies will hope to have him back for their regular season finale versus Oregon State, Nov. 14 and potential postseason play.

The Shoreline, Wash., native started all 13 games for UW this season, contributing two goals and an assist as the anchor of the midfield. John is a two-time All-Region and two-time All-Pac-10 honoree, and was tabbed one of 30 early candidates for the 2008 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.

'George John's knee injury is certainly unfortunate news for him and our team,' Husky head coach Dean Wurzberger said. 'We are confident his surgery will be successful and I know he will do all he can to get back on the field as soon as possible. In the meantime, George will continue to help lead our team through the second half of Pac-10 play and hopefully join the team on the field in the NCAA Tournament.'

The Huskies (8-4-1, 3-1-1 Pac-10) are tied with UCLA atop the Pac-10 standings at the midway point of conference play. The teams will go head-to-head on Friday night at Husky Soccer Field at 7 p.m. as Washington returns to Seattle to host a big weekend series. UW fell to UCLA, 2-0, last Friday in Los Angeles. The Huskies will also host San Diego State on Sunday (1 p.m.).

Joining John on the injured reserve list is freshman defender Tyler Klein who suffered a sprained right knee in the same contest at San Diego State. Klein will be out at least four weeks.

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