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UPDATE: Austin FC star goalkeeper Brad Stuver to sit out for at least one more match after knee injury

Austin FC keeper Brad Stuver will be out for at least one more match after suffering a knee gash in Saturday's match. (Austin FC/Twitter)

Austin FC's breakout goalkeeper and consistent starter Brad Stuver will be out for at least the team's upcoming Sunday match due to a knee laceration, head coach Josh Wolff said Wednesday.

A surprise star on the Verde and Black roster, Stuver played for more minutes than any other teammate this season before he suffered a knee gash in an attempt to save a Houston Dynamo goal on Saturday.

Stuver was sent to the hospital after the match, and his X-ray tests found no sign of bone damage.

"He'll be out this weekend," Wolff said. "He's in a good place, he's just got to let it heal and then once he gets out on the field we'll be able to see how quickly he can get back up to speed."

A player who has gained admiration on and off the pitch (new fans in attendance may be surprised to hear "Stuvvvvvv!" chants take over Q2 Stadium at each Austin FC match), Stuver led the league in saves last season and earned a presence on plenty of MLS highlight reels.

Although Austin FC's improved performance has put Stuver more in the backseat, the 31-year-old keeper still has the sixth-best save percentage in the league this season and has helped keep the team's record squeaky clean with 22 saves and three clean sheets.

The rare Stuver absence will be filled by Andrew Tarbell. In just 82 minutes played, Tarbell racked up four saves and kept a clean sheet Saturday, earning MLS Team of the Week honors in the process.

"It's just part of the job description as a number two goalkeeper, you just always need to be ready," Tarbell said after the match.

Tarbell, who came to Austin after helping the Columbus Crew to their MLS championship, has played in two MLS matches for Austin but frequently appears in the club's exhibition matches. Before the surprise Houston appearance, Tarbell played a full 120 minutes in the club's 2-1 overtime loss to San Antonio FC on April 20.

"I'm quite comfortable (with Tarbell,)" Wolff said. "He's a leader on the team, even though he hasn't seen the minutes."

Austin FC will be without Stuver as it fights to keep its four-match win streak and remain above the LA Galaxy in the MLS West in an Austin showdown on Sunday. The Galaxy is Austin's highest-ranked opponent to date and sits just below Austin at No. 3 in the West.

Wolff did not confirm when Stuver would return to the starting pitch.


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