Lost in the gut punch of this Sunday's 2-2 draw versus Orlando City SC was the news regarding Federico Bravo. The team's starting defensive midfielder picked up an injury during training last Thursday according to the club:
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Going the next month without Bravo will definitely be a blow to the club. The reported timeline means he will miss this Thursday's match versus Real Salt Lake, the team's upcoming U.S. Open Cup match on June 15th, and perhaps even their return game from the Copa América Centenario break versus the Philadelphia Union on June 18th. New York City FC will have to do their best to make due without the Argentine Midfielder for the next month.
Bravo has become a fixture in the Starting XI for New York City FC. He's brought steel and defensive ability to a midfield that was in desperate need of it. Being able to play Bravo has allowed to cover up some of Andrea Pirlo's defensive deficiencies, although we still get moments like this. His presence in the midfield will definitely be missed in the upcoming matches this month.
Fortunately, the club does have options. Mikey Lopez has already proved to be a capable fill-in for Bravo in the holding midfield role this season, most notably in the club's 2-1 road victory over the Portland Timbers. He is coming off a 1 game suspension for yellow card accumulation and should be available for the club's next match versus RSL. Additionally, this past Sunday saw Andoni Iraola's first start in the defensive midfield role as well. While that most likely is not Vieira's most preferable choice, it is still one he's shown he will use if necessary.
We will see how Patrick Vieira and New York City FC deal with the loss of Bravo over the next few weeks.