Overheard from team athletic trainer Sean Kupiec at Minnesota United practice on Tuesday: It took "military-grade" nose plugs to stop Bobby Shuttleworth's broken nose from bleeding during Sunday's match.
Two days removed from the boot-to-face collision in the 2-0 win against Sporting Kansas City, Shuttleworth is less bloody but more blue with his two black eyes.
"The pain isn't bad, it's just more so the swelling and kind of the eyes," Shuttleworth said. "And me just kind of looking like a raccoon. So it doesn't look the best."
The starting keeper said he has to wait for the swelling to go down so he can reset his nose back into place. But he still took part in training after being an honorable mention on MLS' Team of the Week for his heroics.
"He's going to get a mask fitted, and the thought of not playing has probably not entered his head," coach Adrian Heath said. "So we fully expect him to be available for the weekend."
Shuttleworth said he will wear the mask in training but reassess if he needs it for the 2 p.m. Saturday match at Toronto FC.
Former United player Jeb Brovsky, who is currently training with the team as part of his recovery from an injury, has lent a hand to an old friend.
"I know Jeb from before I came here. He traveled with the Revs for awhile," Shuttleworth said. "He brought me sticks to straighten my nose and some whiskey. So that was nice of him. I'm sure they'll get good use."
Left-back Marc Burch was the only player absent from practice Tuesday. He's managing a lingering groin injury that has kept him out of most practices the past several weeks. The starters from Sunday had a light session before heading to the gym, while the non-starters practiced in full. Also, United did not make any last-minute moves during the primary transfer window, which closed Monday night.
Just missed it
Rookie forward Abu Danladi had his first start and first professional goal on Sunday. And while he missed out on his planned goal celebration of an African dance because he was too excited in the moment, his family back in Ghana missed the whole darn thing.
"I texted them before the game that I was starting the game, but none of them responded," Danladi said. "After the game, they didn't text me, which was weird. So I got the text the next day, and they were like, 'Great goal. We missed your goal again.'"
Danladi said it was a similar situation to when United picked him first in the MLS SuperDraft this past January. His family tuned in right after his pick, or goal, in this case, and didn't realize what had transpired.
The time difference does make it hard for his family to catch United happenings live, but they did eventually see the replay.
"They were really happy for me," Danladi said. "They really, really enjoyed it."
So does this mean Danladi will just have to score constantly to ensure his fam sees at least one goal?
"I know, I know," he said. "I guess that's what I'll have to do now, make sure I keep scoring."
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