An MRI conducted on Friday morning confirmed that Crew defender Gláuber suffered a torn left Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in the sixth minute of Thursday's 2-1 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup loss to the Chicago Fire. The Brazilian centerback will miss the rest of the 2013 season due to the injury, his first for the Black & Gold.
"The MRI confirmed that Gláuber tore his left ACL," Team Physician Dr. Pete Edwards said. "The injury didn't do any other damage besides the torn ACL. Obviously, it is a season-ending injury that will require surgery once he gets his knee moving."
Gláuber's injury is the second significant loss for the Black & Gold in Open Cup play as midfielder Eddie Gaven also tore his left ACL in a match with Dayton Dutch Lions FC on May 29. Chad Marshall and Josh Williams, who have been upgraded to questionable ahead of Saturday's home match against the Montreal Impact, are candidates to replace the Brazilian in the center of the Crew backline with Eric Gehrig, Kevan George and Tyson Wahl providing additional options for Head Coach Robert Warzycha.
Edwards also confirmed that Gláuber's surgery is expected to take place in two weeks, while Gaven is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday, June 21.
Gláuber scored one goal in 13 starts this season for the Black & Gold.