This... ain’t good.
New York City FC manager Domé Torrent addressed the media today to provide updates on several injured players — namely Héber, James Sands, and Tony Rocha — going into Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Union. None of the updates were really encouraging.
Sands will miss at least one more game after sustaining a broken arm earlier this month against FC Cincinnati, with Tony missing at least 1-2 weeks.
The most alarming update, however, was in regards to emerging star striker Héber, who sustained a leg injury against D.C. United last week in the U.S. Open Cup Round of 16. Domé says that the Brazilian will miss “at least two more weeks.”
Even if backup striker Taty Castellanos has been in decent form as of recent — something Domé alluded to in his scrim — Héber’s absence is sure to be felt by NYCFC in the short-term, with the aforementioned battle against Philly looming, as well as a congested schedule between July 3 and July 14 in which City play four games in the span of eleven days, the last of which will be the first of the two 2019 installments of the Hudson River Derby against the rival New York Red Bulls.
Apart from Taty, few on NYCFC’s roster are capable of filling in at the No. 9 position the way Héber has in the past two months. Since arriving to the club in April, the Brazilian has netted 6 goals and assisted on 3 others in ten appearances.