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Distraught Mullan misses training with Rapids

Colorado midfielder Brian Mullan is said to be so distraught over his tackle that fractured Steve Zakuani's right leg that he is unable to practice.

Here is a report from the Rapids.

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“The guy is distraught about it,” Smith said at training Tuesday, adding that Mullan is seeking counseling in the aftermath of the incident. “He is visibly shaken and there is no way he can train. I said to him to take some time off to try and come to terms with it, and I don’t think he is going to be ready for quite a while.

“It was an over-zealous, late challenge and it deserves a suspension.” Smith said of the tackle. “It is a situation that nobody wants to see.”

"There's no doubt it was a sending-off (infraction)," Smith told The Denver Post. "There's no doubt he should get a suspension, and if the panel want to add an extra couple of games, I think that's acceptable. What I'm getting frustrated about are a multitude of people that are calling for Brian to be drawn and quartered."

Smith said Mullan has been in contact with Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid to try and arrange a meeting with Zakuani, but that has not yet transpired. Schmid coached Mullan when the two overlapped careers with the LA Galaxy in 2001-02.

Rapids newcomers Tyrone Marshall and Sanna Nyassi – who played with Zakuani on the Sounders last year before coming to Colorado during the offseason – have been to visit their former teammate in the Denver.