Gaven doubtful for match with Revs

Warzycha says Crew iron man has bad bruise from Rapids loss

Eddie Gaven

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Eddie Gaven will likely miss his first match of the season on
Saturday against New England, Columbus Crew head coach Robert Warzycha
said on Monday.

Gaven was kicked in the back of his right leg by Colorado’s Jeff
Larentowicz during last Friday’s 2-0 loss at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
and was forced to make an early exit in the seventh minute.

“I don’t expect him to play on Saturday, to be honest, as sore as he
is,” Warzycha said. “He’s got a big bruise. It’s an important game for
us, but for me it’s important he is healthy.”

Warzycha said an X-ray was negative, but that Gaven was expected to be
examined by team physician Dr. Pete Edwards later on Monday.

Gaven and defenders Chad Marshall and Sebastián Miranda are the only
members of the Crew to start all 23 games this season. Gaven is third on
the team in minutes played (1,958), tied for second in goals (four) and
had a goal in two straight games before being forced to leave on
Friday.

If Gaven does not play in the match against the Revolution, his next
opportunity to feature will come the following Saturday when the Crew
play host to the Philadelphia Union.