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Whitecaps striker Mattocks recuperating from arthroscopic knee injury

Vancouver Whitecaps' Darren Mattocks, of Jamaica, corrals the ball with his foot during the first half of an MLS soccer game against Real Salt Lake in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday August 11, 2012.

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Vancouver Whitecaps striker Darren Mattocks has been sidelined indefinitely with a knee injury.

Whitecaps coach Martin Rennie says Mattocks recently underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. The coach says the team does not put a time frame on recoveries, but he does not expect the Jamaican international to be out too long.

"He'll be frustrated, but it's not a major injury," said Rennie. "He just had his knee cleaned up a little bit. So it shouldn't set him back too much."

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Mattocks has struggled in his second Major League Soccer season after shining as a rookie. He has started just six of the 13 games in which he has appeared, recording three goals and one assist.

The 22-year-old did not travel to Vancouver's last game in Los Angeles due to the knee injury.

Mattocks' knee started bothering him in the warmup before Vancouver's game against Chicago two weeks ago, but he still came on as a substitute in the final two minutes.

Then it swelled up while he was travelling to a Whitecaps reserve team game, says Rennie.

Mattocks tested the knee in a couple of training sessions afterwards, and the club felt it should be cleaned up through surgery.

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