Chicago Fire midfielder John Goossens out 5-6 months with ankle injury

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The Fire will be without the Dutch midfielder for at least the majority of the 2017 season.

The Chicago Fire have announced that midfielder John Goossens will miss 5-6 months with an ankle injury.

Goossens was injured late in the Fire's season-opening 1-1 draw at the Columbus Crew last weekend. He will undergo surgery on Friday and will be placed on the disabled list.

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“John's injury is cruel, particularly given the effort he was making on the play in added time," Fire general manager Nelson Rodríguez said in a news release. “We're sure he will work to return to the field this season and find ways to contribute to the team in the interim.”

The 28-year-old joined the Fire prior to the 2016 season and tallied three goals and four assists in 24 games last season, 15 of which were starts.

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