DeMerit suffers ruptured Achilles tendon

The American captain of the Whitecaps was forced to leave Saturday's season opener just six minutes. He is expected to miss most of the 2013 MLS campaign.

The Vancouver Whitecaps confirmed Monday that captain Jay DeMerit suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Toronto FC at BC Place.

The veteran is now expected to miss months of action, and should he be on the slow end of a recovery, he could miss the entire 2013 season altogether.

Still, head coach Martin Rennie is optimistic the 33-year-old makes a speedy recovery given his natural ability to bounce back.

“The thing with Jay is that Jay’s a bit of a freak athlete,” said Rennie. “He’s one of those guys who always tests really well, always recovers really well. If he does the right things in the rehab and does the right things off the field for the time that he’s out then I have no doubt at all that he’ll be back.”

But, should the recovery take the maximum time, the Scottish tactician insists he has the personnel in his squad to carry on – Brad Rusin looked good after replacing DeMerit on Saturday, while Honduran Olympic captain Johnny Leveron is set to join the team imminently as his paperwork is finalized.

“Jay’s obviously an important person and player for our team,” said Rennie. “But I actually think we can cover in that sense. It’s more just a disappointment for him. Obviously it’s the first few minutes of the game and the first few minutes of the season, but we have people who can play in those positions and we do have good leadership on our team."