UPDATE: It has been confirmed by manager Ronny Deila that Tinnerholm is only in need of a rest. No injuries have been reported.
Original story: Tomorrow night, New York City FC will suit up to host Pumas UNAM in the Leagues Cup Quarterfinal at Yankee Stadium. As we discussed yesterday, NYCFC are in with a good chance of advancing past struggling Liga MX side on Wednesday night, all things considered. But it’s gonna take a team effort to ensure victory. As the last two matches have shown: you cannot underestimate anyone.
Late last night, the official Leagues Cup Twitter profile revealed NYCFC’s 25-man roster for the competition. With City currently having a roster of 27 players total, not many would be left out of the proceedings. Predictably, Héber was left out of the equation due to him still recovering from a serious ACL injury that required surgery last year. But one name is pretty shocking.
For some reason, Anton Tinnerholm — the club’s star right back — is omitted from the Leagues Cup roster. Whether this is to do with fitness concerns or otherwise is currently unknown. It’s not like City has an over-abundance of players and are taking in weakened teams into the LC. As iterated before, all but two of their players will be available. And to not see Tinnerholm’s name among the others is concerning.
According to the Leagues Cup’s competition guidelines, Tinnerholm can be registered for the Semifinal should they beat Pumas on Wednesday as roster rules allow teams to add an additional five players to their eligible roster.
But it’s not all bad. After all, it’s reasonable to believe that many fans will be excited to see a player like Homegrown signing Tayvon Gray gets some starts against stiff competition. Let’s just hope Tinnerholm’s omission is not due to anything serious such as an injury or illness. That would suck.