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David Horst Undergoes Hip Surgery; Out 5-7 Months

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BRIDGEVIEW, IL - JULY 16: Dominic Oduro #8 of the Chicago Fire is defended by David Horst #12 of the Portland Timbers during an MLS match on July 16, 2011 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
BRIDGEVIEW, IL - JULY 16: Dominic Oduro #8 of the Chicago Fire is defended by David Horst #12 of the Portland Timbers during an MLS match on July 16, 2011 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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This is kind of one of those good news-bad news posts. The good news is that David Horst has finally gotten the surgery he needed all last season. According to Merritt Paulson, via Twitter, Horst suffered from issues all last season with regards to this specific injury and it needed to get taken care of. Now it has, and he can be on his way to recovery, even if we do miss him for a few months. Here's hoping that's close to May than July.

The bad news, of course, is that the Timbers are now going to miss a key center back for the first few months of the season. There's still Eric Brunner and Futty Danso, of course, but Horst was always a great substitute to have, or even a starter at times. This removes a bit of depth that the Timbers desperately need.

There's still some key spots to fill on the roster, however, so it might not be such a big issue come March, especially if the Timbers sign another Colombian...