Knee surgery is 'smooth' for Blast's Wittman


There was good news for Tim Wittman and the Baltimore Blast last night after team doctor Joseph Ciotola performed arthroscopic surgery on Wittman's left knee at Kernan Hospital.

Ciotola found no ligament or cartilage damage during what Blast trainer Marty McGinty described as a "very simple, smooth operation."

McGinty said Wittman might be able to return to practice in 14 days and play in three weeks. That would bring Wittman back for the final five regular-season games after missing the next six games.

Ciotola "smoothed down the uneven surfaces on the head of the femur [thigh bone]. The uneven surfaces have been caused by wear and tear. The uneven surfaces have been what's causing Timmy the pain," McGinty said.

Wittman is playing his 10th year on the artificial surfaces in the Major Soccer League.

McGinty said there is "some softening of cartilage" in Wittman's left knee but added, "It's nothing to warrant any correctional surgery. Everything else is absolutely perfect. This is the best possible results we could have hoped for going into surgery."

Blast coach Kenny Cooper said last night: "This is great news for Tim Wittman and the Blast. Timmy's always come back before, and I have no doubt he'll come back again. He will work hard to play again and give us the lift we need. If everything goes OK, we're looking at three to four weeks before he can play."

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