2023 football League The season kicked off on Saturday, February 25th, with teams finally seeing the field after months. Since then, players have stepped up, inspiring record-breaking victories and stunning goals.
But many characters struggled to return to play, resulting in injuries. Here’s the injury report before round three…
Nashville fullback Nick DePuy will miss the remainder of the 2023 Major League Soccer season after undergoing surgery for an Achilles tendon injury. The 28-year-old has been placed on the end-of-season injury list, making him ineligible to play for the club in any remaining competition this season.
According to MLS rules, if a player sustains a season-ending injury, the club may place that injured player on the season-ending injury list and receive an exemption from the list (an open list slot).
DePuy failed to appear with Nashville after arriving as an offseason trade from the Los Angeles Galaxy, as he caught two passes in 59 appearances over three seasons. Originally starting as CF Montreal’s 2017 MLS SuperDraft pick (19th overall), he made just five appearances for the Canadian side before moving to Los Angeles.
Heber will miss the Seattle Sounders about two to four weeks after suffering a hamstring strain while training. Coach Brian Schmitzer confirmed the strike, adding that he will not be traveling with the team for Saturday’s game against FC Cincinnati.
“I feel bad for Heber because, look, he was playing so well,” said Schmitzer. “But that’s why you have to have a good roster. We’ll need everyone throughout the year and this is just one of those moments.”
The player quickly made an impact under Schmetzer after arriving as an unofficial deal from New York City FC, scoring twice on 10 shots. He’s scored in both of Seattle’s home wins so far this campaign, prompting a 4-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids and a 2-0 victory against Real Salt Lake.
The head coach is likely to count on Raul Ruidias, despite his recent injury. Schmetzer revealed that the designated player feels ready to play, but cautioned to introduce him to the starting 11 too quickly and risk another setback.
“He’ll tell you he can play 90 minutes,” Schmetzer said of Ruidiaz. “[But] Just because of Heber’s injury, you don’t want to compound anything by pushing Raul too much too early on when you have Freddy, and again, Jordan can definitely play up front.”
Colorado Rapids forward Diego Rubio He will be out of action for several weeks after undergoing a successful arthroscopic procedure to remove a soft body in his right knee.
– chicharito He remains on the sidelines, having previously announced he would be out for two to five weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury in a training session last week.
– Alan Pulido Still “in question” for Sporting Kansas City. Despite making good progress, he failed to get off the bench in the team’s opener against the Portland Timbers on Monday.
– Confirmed FC Austin center back Giulio Cascante He suffered a severe left handle strain during the season-opening 3-2 loss against St. Louis City at Q2 Stadium, and will be on the sidelines “indefinitely.” The player will be re-evaluated within eight weeks.