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Report: Dike suffers achilles tear, out for MLS season and World Cup

Feb 17, 2014, 5:50 PM EDT

Jimmy Nielsen; Bright Dike AP

The Tweet from Toronto FC and Nigeria striker Bright Dike read, “Worst day of my life.”

It wasn’t specific, but it certainly was a harbinger of the stomach-turning news that followed. A report says the Oklahoma-born player has suffered a torn achilles tendon and will miss the entire MLS season as well as the World Cup.

Dike had begun to carve a spot for himself in the plans of Nigerian head coach Stephen Keshi’s plans and, as we wrote last week, it seemed like his inclusion in the roster for the World Cup-bound team’s March 5 friendly against Mexico would be more than just a pat on the back. It was a real chance to shine.

The 27-year-old was not only expected to compete for a spot with the Super Eagles but to provide solid depth behind flashy new signings Jermain Defoe and Gilberto at BMO Field.

PST’s own Joe Prince-Wright played against Dike as a collegian and wished the striker well in his recovery.

One of the first MLS signings for the Portland Timbers, Dike came back from an ACL tear in August 2013 before being acquired by Toronto in exchange for Max Urruti a month later. The prolific Notre Dame product scored once in seven matches for TFC.

  1. hildezero - Feb 17, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    How old is Joe Prince-Wright then? He must be young, because Bright Dike is.

  2. mlsconvert88888 - Feb 17, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Damn, preseason soccer is just brutal for the big man. Hate seeing players go down for the season with injury, especially when it also costs them a shot at the World Cup

  3. overtherepermanently - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    This is just heartbreaking. Poor guy just can’t catch a break. His career is unfortunately starting to look too much like Holden’s.

  4. lunasceiling - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Timbers supporter here, and I find this heartbreaking. Dike is still much loved here in Portland and folks were wishing him well. Mend well, Bright.

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