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Ronald Matarrita out up to 4 months with broken toe

The setback came within minutes of his long-awaited return from a high ankle sprain.

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UPDATE: Today’s report has been confirmed by New York City FC.

Ronald Matarrita’s recovery was short-lived. In fact, it lasted less than nine whole minutes.

Making his first start since mid-April thanks to a nagging ankle sprain, New York City FC’s talented fullback was suddenly subbed off in the early going Thursday night vs. Minnesota. He was hurt, and in obvious anguish. Today, we learned more about the extent of his newest ailment, and the prognosis doesn’t sound good.

According to CRHoy in his native Costa Rica, Matarrita fractured his fifth metatarsal-- the long bone that connects the pinkie toe to the rest of the foot. The injury is suggested to require 3 to 4 months of recovery.

Under that timeframe, Matarrita would be set to return either for the final weeks of the regular season or the start of the playoffs.

While this is a huge setback for a player as exciting as Matarrita, to whom Hudson River Blue sends its very best, NYCFC has proven that it can compete and win with or without his services. After all, Mata’s high ankle sprain enabled the emergence of Ben Sweat, who notched his fourth assist of the year in Thursday’s 3-1 win over Minnesota at Yankee Stadium.

Regardless, however, today’s news is altogether negative. Hurry back, Mata!