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Anton Nedyalkov undergoes surgery to repair broken collar bone

Defender expected to return in six-to-eight weeks 

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Just as FC Dallas is about to enter a busy stretch of the season with league games, US Open Cup matches and lots of travel, the injury bug that has hit this team so hard already this season took another turn. Anton Nedyalkov has undergone a successful procedure to repair a broken collarbone.

Nedyalkov is expected to return in six-to-eight weeks. The injury occurred during an FC Dallas training session at Toyota Soccer Center this past week before the club’s 1-0 win in Toronto on Friday night.

The left back from Bulgaria has done well so far this season for FC Dallas as a starter, helping push the team to several shutouts and a few victories.

Who will replace him during this stretch? That is going to be the biggest questions. Thankfully there are good options out there and as Steve Davis points out, it may not be as bad as we think:

Personally I quite like the idea of Kellyn Acosta as a replacement during this stretch. When you consider how well Jacori Hayes has been this season in the midfield and the potential of Brandon Servania to step in as well, the depth is good in that area enough for Oscar Pareja to take a chance like this.

What do you make of this news and potential replacements?