Gros Seeks Pain Relief

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

D.C. United midfielder Josh Gros, who was sidelined last weekend with a head injury for the third time this season, will see a migraine specialist in Massachusetts today.

Gros experienced dizziness after heading the ball during the first half of last Tuesday's Copa Sudamericana match against Chivas Guadalajara in Mexico. He remained in the game, but after further evaluation, did not accompany the team to Kansas City, Mo., for last Friday's MLS match against the Wizards.

Gros, who was not available to comment, is likely to miss Saturday's game against Chicago at RFK Stadium.

"It is concerning," United President Kevin Payne said yesterday. "We are being guided by the doctors, so we will see what they say this week."

A starter most of the last four years, Gros missed the season opener at Colorado in April after getting hit in the head with the ball in a Champions' Cup game in Mexico a few days earlier. In August, after routinely heading the ball during a match in Columbus, he experienced what he believed was a concussion, leading to speculation that he would not play again this year.

Gros saw specialists in Washington and Pittsburgh, and the condition was diagnosed as being related to a migraine headache. Gros began to take medication and unexpectedly returned to the starting lineup last month. But team officials said he reduced the dosage because of side effects and then experienced more problems on the field last week.

"Any time we have that type of complication, it is a concern," United General Manager Dave Kasper said. "We want to make sure we are doing the right thing for Josh."

Gros, 25, has started 22 of United's 28 regular season matches and has one goal and one assist.

-- Steven Goff

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