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D.C. United striker Michael Seaton to miss 6-8 weeks after knee surgery

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United's homegrown forward will miss the start of the 2015 season.

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Per a release from D.C. United, striker Michael Seaton will miss up to eight weeks after undergoing knee surgery. According to the club, Seaton suffered a torn meniscus as well as a grade two MCL sprain (the latter of which will not require surgery). Seaton - who already has the fourth-most international caps for his national team among United players - picked up the injury on duty with the Jamaican under-20 national team during their attempt to qualify for this summer's Under-20 World Cup.

The timetable for Seaton's recovery means that he'll be back in training sometime in March. However, as we've seen in the past, missing out on preseason often sets a player back further fitness-wise than he would have been if the injury occurred mid-season. United's acquisition of Jairo Arrieta was a done deal before Seaton got hurt, but now it appears quite prescient. Still, it's pretty unlucky timing for Seaton, who may well have made some appearances in MLS play as long as United's CCL hopes were alive.

Seaton, for his part, appears to be in good spirits on social media:

Success!! Give God the Glory.

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