Washington Diplomat striker Paul Cannell suffered a badly bruised shin in Saturday's 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay and team officials said yesterday his status for Wednesday's soccer game in Portland is questionable.
Cannell was kicked by defender Jim Fleeting early in the first half at RFK Stadium and had to be replaced. Cannell's left leg was placed in an inflatable cast, which was removed following the game.
Cannell will receive treatment for the injury today and is not expected to participate in the team's workout.
Ray Graydon's five-yard header with 2:01 to play lifted the Diplomats over the Rowdies before 15,325 banner-waving fans. Dave Robb had given Tampa Bay a first-half advantage; Ken Mokgojoa, Cannell's replacement, tied the game early in the second period.
Washington improved its NASL record to 8-2 and its point total to 67, one shy of the National Conference East-leading Cosmos. The Cosmos (8-1) earned the maximum nine points yesterday with a 5-1 conquest of the Seattle Sounders.
After Wednesday's game against the Timbers, the Diplomats travel on to Vancouver to play the Whitecaps on Saturday, then to Minnesota for a May 29 game. They return home against the Toronto Metros on June 3.