SAN JOSE -- The Earthquakes have lost starting fullback Steven Beitashour for at least a month after he underwent a procedure to repair a sports hernia Thursday in Santa Monica, the team announced.
Beitashour, a Major League Soccer all star who got invited to U.S. national team camp last month, ended last season with problems that required surgery. The Leland High-San Jose alum had the hernia repaired in November but left U.S. camp early after aggravating it.
The Quakes said surgeon Bill Hutchinson removed scar tissue while repairing an entrapped nerve during Thursday's procedure.
Beitashour, started 33 of San Jose's 34 regular-season games last year and had six assists. Veteran Dan Gargan, who was acquired in the MLS re-entry draft in December, should take Beitashour's place when the team opens the season March 3 against Real Salt Lake. Gargan, 30, is a seven-year MLS veteran who spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Fire. The Quakes also could use midfielder Shea Salinas, who played right back for the Philadelphia Union three years ago.
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