Since Yangel Herrera fell victim to a severe leg injury back in May, New York City FC have had a revolving cast of players step in to try to fill the shoes of the young Venezuelan holding midfielder. These players include Ebenezer Ofori, Eloi Amagat, and even the once-displaced HGP James Sands. To say the least, the results have been mixed.
After receiving surgery a short time after sustaining his, it was widely believed that Herrera would miss the remainder of the season. However, recent reports seem to indicate that the Manchester City loan could return in time for the playoffs.
Christian Araos — a contributor to The Athletic — reported on Twitter that Domé Torrent has said that Herrera is “a month of away from being fit to play games.”
Injuries:— Christian Araos (@Christian_Araos) September 13, 2018
Berget should be available off the bench once NYCFC begins play.
Medina is still a week away from being fit.
Herrera is a month away from being fit to play in games. Torrent said Claudio Reyna will handle finding the roster spot the team needs.#NYCFC
If we are to take this time frame as gospel, that would mean that Herrera could return for NYCFC’s final two regular season games against D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union respectively, as well as the MLS Cup playoffs in November. At the very least, the actual time frame isn’t far off.
It can be argued that prior to his injury, Herrera wasn’t having as efficient a season as he had in 2017. However, his aggressiveness and box-to-box speed is key in allowing attacking midfielder Maxi Moralez — who has continued to put up MVP-caliber numbers — and defensive pivot Alex Ring to do what they do best. It’s this cohesiveness that City has sorely lacked in the past month or so during their recent troubles with collecting significant results.
Should Herrera be good to go in a month’s time, it’s possible that City can find their legs in collecting key results and perhaps even make a deep playoff run culminating in an MLS Cup victory.