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DCU midfielder Rolfe out six weeks with fractured forearm

The D.C. United midfielder is set to be sidelined until mid-October after suffering the injury in training Wednesday.

D.C. United's place in the postseason seems safe, but the club's bid for the Supporters' Shield and top playoff seed just took a substantial hit.

Midfielder Chris Rolfe will be sidelined for six weeks after suffering a fractured left forearm in training Wednesday. The 31-year-old, who is third on the team with six goals and second with six assists, underwent surgery Wednesday night.

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The blow is softened by the impending return of midfielder-forward Chris Pontius, who has not played this season after undergoing hamstring surgery. Reserves Lewis Neal, Alex Caskey and David Estrada are also candidates to fill Rolfe's left-sided midfield role, while forwards Fabian Espindola and Eddie Johnson are capable of playing the position as well.

United (14-8-4) is first in the Eastern Conference, four points ahead of Sporting Kansas City while boasting a game in hand. The club trails the Seattle Sounders by five points in the Supporters' Shield race.

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