3 May 2012

Gambia: Sanna Nyassi Apologises for Troy Perkins Collision

Portland Timbers goalkeeper Troy Perkins has revealed that Gambian international Sanna Nyassi has apologized for the incident that saw the two players collide when the keeper tried to collect a loose ball in Montreal Impact's defeat of the Timbers this past weekend.

Perkins who has taken his share of knocks in his seven-year MLS career said when Sanna's cleats met with his nose, he immediately thought the worst said Nyassi has apologised to the incident through Timbers defender Mamadou "Futty" Danso, a friend of Nyassi's.

"I think it's just a stupid tackle and really not well thought out. Initially, I thought he got my eye," Perkins said of the second-half collision during the Timbers 2-0 loss to the Impact. "I thought my eye was gone."

Perkins, of course, didn't lose an eye, but he did sustain what he called the worst, or at least most gruesome and painful, injury of his career. The laceration to his nose was glued after the game and, at training Tuesday at JELD-WEN Field, the veteran netminder was sporting a sheet of bandages over the nasty gash.

Both Perkins and Timbers coach John Spencer agreed that it was a turning point of the game. With one substitution already used early in the game when defender Steve Purdy was knocked out with a concussion, it handcuffed Spencer's ability to make tactical moves. Spencer said he expects the league's disciplinary committee to review the collision.

"That's another game-changing decision," Spencer said. "If you did that in the street, and a police officer saw, you'd probably get done for assault and spend a number of months in prison."

Spencer said if Perkins is unable to play, MLS rookie Joe Bendik, who came on after the injury against Montreal, would replace him while he was left to rue to decision to have allowed the former Sait Matty and Gambia Ports Authority player to stay on the pitch.

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