When Héber went down with an apparent knee injury against Toronto FC on Wednesday, we all knew it was bad. The Brazilian striker’s signature smile was gone, replaced with the expression of excruciating pain and somberness. Once the cart was needed to get Héber, we all knew that bad news was coming but hoped for the best.
For days, New York City FC fans waited with bated breath for an official update on the striker’s condition. Today, NYCFC finally delivered the news. And it’s not good.
Héber will miss the remainder of 2020, and possibly beyond, with a torn ACL. The injury will require surgery as well.
Despite the Brazilian forward struggling in front of net this season, Héber’s presence is sure to be missed. Not only does he bring a lot to the team on the pitch, he also brings a lot to that locker room. He is liked by virtually everyone who comes across him. I myself have gotten to speak to Héber on a few occasions, and the guy is great. You really can’t say anything less about him.
Due to the nature of the injury, it’s assumed that Taty Castellanos will take over on full time striker duties for the remainder of 2020. And due to fact that ACL’s take quite a bit of time to significantly heal, it’s possible Héber’s absence will bleed into the 2021 season as well. This may cause NYCFC to add another striker to the roster.
Regardless of anything, we wish Héber a speedy recovery. He’ll definitely be missed.