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Colorado Rapids defender Kortne Ford out for season after knee surgery

It’s another injury setback for Colorado Rapids defender Kortne Ford.

The 23-year-old, who was signed to a Homegrown contract in Jan. 2017, underwent season-ending surgery Thursday morning to repair a medial meniscus tear and his Tib-Fib joint. He did not make an appearance for the Rapids this season.

“This has been a disappointing and frustrating year for Kortne, but we know with his commitment and determination he will get back on the field for this club,” Rapids general manager Padraig Smith said in a statement. “We will be with him every step along the way and everyone’s focus is on getting him ready for 2020.”

In a message he posted on Twitter, Ford said the surgery ends a year-and-a-half painful ordeal.

After playing every minute of Colorado’s Concacaf Champions League games against Toronto FC in Feb. 2018, Ford suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee during a scrimmage at the club’s training facility last March.

He made his return on July 1 and appeared in 15 games, starting 14, though the end of the 2018 season.

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