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Crepeau Faces Surgery on Broken Thumb

MLS-is-Back has not been kind to former Impact ‘keeper

Seattle Sounders FC v Vancouver Whitecaps FC - MLS Is Back Tournament
Crepeau’s clash with Handwalla Bwana which caused the thumb injury.
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It’s not been a good tournament for Vancouver Whitecaps or their former Montreal Impact custodian, Maxime Crepeau.

Arriving with a young, depleted squad the Whitecaps have lost both games, shipping seven goals in the process and now first-choice ‘keeper Crepeau seems to be sidelined for at least a few weeks.

It’s been confirmed his injury is that of a fractured left thumb which will require surgery back in Metro Vancouver.

The injury occurred during in the second-half as Crepeau came out to dive at the feet of onrushing Sounders midfielder, Handwalla Bwana. Crepeau was replaced by debutant Thomas Hasal, a Canadian u21 international, in the 54th minute.

“I am grateful for all the encouraging messages I have received. It touched me and my family. I will always give my best on the pitch and this is a small step backwards for a big step forward,” Crépeau told the Vancouver Whitecaps website.

Under fire head coach Marc Dos Santos’s squad will look to savour a first win after two losses at the “MLS-is-Back” tournament when they face the Chicago Fire on Thursday morning.