Phoenix Rising forward Jason Johnson out 4-6 months

Phoenix Rising FC announced Monday that forward Jason Johnson will miss four-to-six months due to a lower-body injury.

Johnson exited in the first half against Sacramento Republic FC on April 27.

One of the bright spots for Rising the past two seasons, Johnson had nine goals in 33 appearances last season, the third-most on the team. In the previous campaign, Johnson led the club in goals with 13.

In eight appearances and four starts this season, his three goals are tied for second on the club.

With the signing of forward Junior Flemmings and return of First-Team All-USL forward Solomon Asante, Johnson spent the beginning of the season in a super-substitute role and was making an impact doing so.

His goal in the 93rd minute of the season opener against San Antonio FC salvaged a point for Phoenix Rising. He did the same the following week against New Mexico United, scoring in the 71st minute for a 3-3 draw.

Johnson found his way into the starting lineup in his last three appearances before his injury, including starting up front alongside Flemmings and Asante in his two previous matches.

In four months time, Rising’s schedule leaves a total of six league matches left on the schedule before the playoffs begin.