FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England midfielder Marko Perović will not feature for the Revolution at San Jose on Saturday as he attempts to recover from a troublesome left knee injury.
Perović has missed the past three matches after limping off during the second half of New England's 3-2 victory over Sporting Kansas City on April 23. He will miss a fourth consecutive encounter this weekend as the Revs continue to assess the nature of his injury.
“Initially, we thought it was a strain,” Revolution coach Steve Nicol told MLSsoccer.com on Wednesday. “He did his rehab and he came back on the field, but he quickly realized that he wasn't quite ready yet. He's somebody that we obviously want to get back, but we'll see.”
Nicol said the Revs' medical team is waiting for the swelling to decrease in Perović's left knee before determining the next course of action and the timetable for his return.
“There's swelling in there,” Nicol said. “We're waiting for it to go down so we'll have a better idea of what is going on. Obviously, the medical staff have an idea of what is going on, but if we can get all of the swelling away, then we'll have a good and close look at what the problem is.”
Dabo still sidelined
Ousmane Dabo, meanwhile, will once again join Perović on the sidelines this weekend. Dabo missed Saturday's 1-0 victory over Vancouver with a right adductor strain.
Nicol said Dabo has recovered from the knock, but noted that the French midfielder isn't fit enough to travel with the squad to San Jose this weekend.
“It's a setback for him and for us,” Nicol said. “We're hopeful that he'll be fit and available for the following weekend [against LA].”
Another trek to the West Coast
The trip to San Jose marks the fourth trip to the West Coast for New England this season. No MLS team from the East Coast has traveled to the other side of the continent more times than the Revs have.
In their three previous forays to the opposite coast, the Revs have emerged with two points. The last of those three voyages, however, sticks in the craw after Chivas USA dished out a 3-0 thumping at the Home Depot Center last month.
Revolution defender A.J. Soares said he and his teammates must retain their focus after the trip out to the Bay Area — the Revs' travel party left for San Francisco on Thursday — in order to secure the club's first victory on the West Coast since collecting a 1-0 win at Seattle on Aug. 20, 2009.
“I think the main thing is just focusing on getting prepared once we get out to the West Coast — physically and mentally — and making whatever changes we need to make individually to make a change from the Chivas game on our last road trip,” Soares said.