Just last week The Blue Testament put together a comprehensive list of injuries to all the players on Sporting Kansas City as well as timetables for their returns. Well, it’s time to update the list again. With one new name and two new injuries to two already injured players.
The Kansas City Star is reporting that Daniel Salloi is now injured and Erik Hurtado and Jaylin Lindsey, who were already out with long-term injuries, have somehow picked up new injuries.
First, the new injury. The severity isn’t known but according to The Star, “late Tuesday morning, in the final sequence of practice, forward Daniel Salloi removed himself, complaining of soreness in a leg muscle.”
When asked about the injuries, head coach and sporting director Peter Vermes said, “let me tell you this: It’s not getting better right now. It’s actually getting worse in the short term.”
That’s an understatement. If Salloi is unable to play on Saturday at Children’s Mercy Park against the Vancouver Whitecaps, that would leave SKC with just two healthy forwards on the roster: Krisztian Nemeth and Johnny Russell. Of course Kelyn Rowe has played both wings already this year, but he’s a natural midfielder and the bench was already below roster hardship levels last weekend.
Two More Bizarre Injuries
At practice on Tuesday, Jaylin Lindsey, who was already out for four to five months, was in a sling as he had to have surgery on his wrist to insert a pin for a broken scaphoid. He was unlikely to return until August or September so this probably won’t impact his timetable for return.
As for Erik Hurtado, he was targeted for a return in late May or sometime in June but now he had to undergo surgery today on his wrist. It’s unclear if that will impact his timetable for return. Gerso Fernandes underwent surgery on his broken wrist and he has a four to six week schedule. Hurtado’s return may be unaffected but it’s bizarre the injury went undiagnosed.
A Few More Updates
It’s a lot of bad news, but not entirely so. Matt Besler and Jimmy Medranda are back in full training and Besler could be in the lineup by Saturday against Vancouver while Medranda will be working on fitness. Outside of those two, everyone else who has been injured missed practice on Tuesday. That includes Graham Zusi and Andreu Fontas.
Zusi’s injury was confirmed to be an oblique strain, so that’s better than a muscle tear of course. That said, he’s still in pain.
As for Fontas, he has a calf sprain and while it was “was initially considered to be mild,” he feels pain every time he sprints. That’s tough for a team that plays a very high line with their center backs. Fontas has missed four straight days and he is set to test his calf this week in practice.
One possibly bright nugget from the story is that Gerso is in a cast, but The Star stated “he could theoretically play with it that way.” With Salloi potentially injured, it’ll be interesting to see who’s in the lineup on Saturday.
For practice the Swope Park Rangers and SKC Academy have had to join the senior team to ensure enough bodies are on the field. With the ability to do a hardship loan if less than 14 field players are healthy, Vermes may need to break glass in case of emergency and call up someone from SPR like Felipe Hernandez for an emergency loan.
We’ll find out on Saturday.