Call it irony. Call it poetic. Whatever adjective you wish to use, it seems that David Villa is poised to return this Sunday against Toronto FC after being left completely off of this week’s injury report.
Since Domé Torrent has taken over at the helm, New York City FC have forged a handsome 5-2-1 (W-L-D) record. But all but one of those games have been done completely without the services of one David Villa, NYCFC’s captain and all-time leading goalscorer. Villa sustained a knee injury against none other than Toronto on June 24 in Torrent’s first game managing the club. The matchup would ultimately end in a 2-1 win against the defending MLS Cup champions.
After missing over a month of action, all signs pointed to Villa returning against the Vancouver Whitecaps last weekend. Unfortunately, one of Major League Soccer’s dumbest rules in existence made El Guaje ineligible for the contest due to his withdrawal from the MLS All-Star game mid-week.
With the return of Villa, the Blues get a proven goal-scoring to supplement their already sound attack, which seems to be exceptional at everything except clinical scoring. Should NYCFC be able to maintain their offensive prowess, Villa should have a relatively easy time returning to the stellar scoring form we’ve come to expect from the 36-year-old Spanish legend.