A series of serious injuries have taken their toll on the Columbus Crew.
After centerback Julius James required surgery for a collapsed lung last week and remains out indefinitely as he recovers, Columbus learned that No. 1 goalkeeper William Hesmer will need to miss at least the next six months after undergoing microfracture surgery on his hip.
Hesmer had not played at all this season, with Andy Gruenebaum taking the reins in goal while Hesmer battled injury. Gruenebaum will be the starter for the foreseeable future, while Homegrown goalkeeper Matt Lampson, who signed with the club out of Ohio State University during the offseason, will become the entrenched backup barring a veteran signing.
In addition to Hesmer's injury, backup forward Tommy Heinemann could be out for an entire calendar year after undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee. Heinemann made one appearance this season, and scored three goals last year after joining the Crew from the Charleston Battery.
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