DeMerit still on shelf as Whitecaps face Earthquakes 0
Whitecaps FC's Jay DeMerit. (Photo Bob Frid, Whitecaps FC)
Having given up eight goals in their last four games, the Vancouver Whitecaps could use some defensive help. They just won't be getting any from captain Jay DeMerit this weekend.
The veteran centre back won't be ready to play Saturday on the road against the San Jose Earthquakes, even though he made the trip to FC Dallas this past week — which more or less gave him a chance to be with the team and garner some positivity.
"What you really have to be careful with in these times is coming back when you're not quite ready," DeMerit said Tuesday. "We're getting really close … and my job is to keep working hard every day."
He's not closing the door on his season just yet, despite the long recovery from the torn Achilles tendon he suffered early in the team's season opener.
"Whenever we get to the point where I'm on the field is up to the manager and medical team," he said.
Brad Rusin (ankle) returned to training with the first team this week, giving Vancouver potentially even more options in central defence moving forward.
"It's nice to have those players back," coach Martin Rennie said. "We've had a season where a lot of players have been out a lot of games especially in that centre-back position, so now we need to get those players back to full sharpness and see what they can do."