UPDATE: NYCFC has confirmed that Héber will be out for 3-4 weeks.
Original story: Thinking about New York City FC having to play without star forward Héber is a topic nobody really wants to acknowledge. Since arriving in late March, the Brazilian striker has wow’d supporters with his brilliant eye for goal and high football IQ.
Unfortunately, the emerging star pulled up with what was called a right quad injury early on in the 3-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps this past weekend. Since then, no official update has been given on his condition, nor has there been a timetable for his return.
Earlier today, the always trusty Glenn Crooks reiterated that no word has been given on Héber’s condition and that future news on his status might not be all that encouraging.
No definitive word yet on Héber’s condition-the way he left field after match in Vancouver, consoled by Jesus Medina, plus Dome Torrent postgame comments leads me to believe the news won’t be good. Expect to get prognosis at training tomorrow @NYCFC #NYCFC #NYCvNE @MLS #NERevs— Glenn Crooks (@GlennCrooks) September 4, 2019
If this is a serious injury, NYCFC could be in trouble.
Obviously, Taty Castellanos has been a good hand at the forward position this season and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi is reportedly close to returning for the Blues, so there are other options the team could use. But losing such an important player in such an important phase of the season, especially when dealing with a slew of other absences is definitely an ugly predicament.
The good news — if you can even call it that — is that Crooks expects a prognosis tomorrow during training, so it shouldn’t be a mystery for long. But given Crooks’ perceived tone in that tweet doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence that the injury will turn out to be insignificant.
As stated earlier, if the news isn’t exactly great, NYCFC do have options — namely Castellanos and ITS — they can use at center forward. Maxi Moralez has shown to be capable as a false nine in the past, but that is far from an ideal solution.
The Bronx Blues are to be extremely shorthanded over the next two games. Let’s hope they can deal with these hits in a surprisingly good manner.