Commerce City, Colo. - First it was Matt Pickens. Then it was Conor Casey. Now it's Brian Mullan.
Mullan, who has played through pain in his left knee all season, is scheduled to have that same knee scoped on Thursday, keeping him from playing in the Rapids' final two matches.
"With Brian we want to gain additional time so he'll be having his knee cleaned," head coach Oscar Pareja told ColoradoRapids.com. "He will have plenty of time to recover so he can come back ready and healthy next season."
“[The knee and hamstring] are not doing as well as I would’ve hoped,” Mullan told MLSsoccer.com earlier this week. “We’re exploring possibilities with both of them right now.”
Mullan had microfracture surgery on his left knee following the 2009 season with the Houston Dynamo but was able to return in time to start Houston's 2010 season opener. His durability, ability to return to health, and pain tolerance has allowed him to appear in at least 22 matches in each of his 11 seasons.