Gameweek 3: Injury and suspension report

Injury and suspension report

Gameweek 3 Injury and Suspension Report

Injuries can have a big impact on a fantasy lineup. Not only can they impact your score by providing under the radar options, but replacements often come in at a lower price point and can make it easier to field a full roster. Each week I’ll review key injuries and help you find replacements that can give you an edge over your fantasy opponents.

Atlanta United FC

Gameweek 3 fixture: Philadelphia Union (H)

Franco Escobar (6.0M) continues on his path to recovery and has started training with the first team for the first time since January but he looks set to spend some time with the second team before returning to the first team. Another positive new for Atlanta fans is that Julian Gressel (8.5M) is back and started in the game against Cincinnati and grabbed and assist as well despite being ruled out for the fixture. Also, homegrown player George Bello (4.5M) is available for selection. Larentowicz, Robinson and Ambrose started for Atlanta in the 2nd leg against Monterrey so that just improves his chances to start in the next game Vs Philadelphia.

Player Position Status Potential return
Franco Escobar Defender Questionable: Fractured right clavicle Gameweek 5 Vs Columbus Crew
Patrick Okonkwo Forward Loaned to Atlanta United II 2020 season
Jose Hernandez Defender Loaned to Atlanta United II 2020 season

Chicago Fire

Gameweek 3 fixture: Seattle Sounders (H)

Chicago fire left back Jorge Luis Corrales (4.6M) has been suspended for the fixture against Seattle Sounders after receiving a direct red card in the game against Orlando City. Nicolas Hasler (4.9M) is expected to fill in for him. Also note that Nicolas Hasler is listed as a midfielder in FMLS and not a defender.

Player Position Status Potential return
Jorge Luis Corrales Defender Suspended: Direct red card Vs Orlando City Gameweek 4 Vs New York Red Bulls
Andre Reynolds II Defender Questionable: Thigh injury N/A
Aleksandar Katai Midfielder Questionable: Groin injury N/A

FC Cincinnati

Gameweek 3 fixture: Portland Timbers (H)


Player Position Status Potential return
Przemysław Tytoń Goalkeeper Questionable: Hamstring tendinitis Gameweek 4 Vs New England Revolution
Jimmy McLaughlin Midfielder Out: Right ACL injury N/A
Kekutah Manneh Forward Out: Foot injury N/A
Emery Welshman Midfielder Loaned to Canadian Premier League side Forge FC 2020 season
Ben Lundt Goalkeeper Loaned to USL side Louisville City 2020 season
Rashawn Dally Forward Loaned to USL side Memphis 901 FC for remainder of 2019 season 2020 season

Colorado Rapids

Gameweek 3 fixture: Sporting Kansas City (H)


Player Position Status Potential return
Kofi Opare Defender Loaned to USL side Colorado Springs 2020 season
Tommy Smith Defender Questionable: Knee injury Day to day
Sam Nicholson Midfielder Questionable: Back injury Day to day
Kortne Ford Defender Out: Knee injury N/A
Clint Irwin Goalkeeper Loaned to USL side Colorado Springs 2020 season

Columbus Crew SC

Gameweek 3 fixture: FC Dallas (H)


Player Position Status Potential return
Milton Valenzuela Defender Out: Torn ACL 9-12 months and is expected to miss the entire 2019 season.
Niko Hansen Midfielder Out: Right thigh injury N/A

FC Dallas

Gameweek 3 fixture: Columbus Crew (A)

Reggie Cannon (5.5M) suffered an ankle injury Vs New England and is expected to be replaced by Marquinhos Pedroso (4.8M) at the right back spot. This is really saddening for Cannon as he was expected to be called up to the USMNT for the upcoming friendlies against Ecuador and Chile this month. An in-form Zardes (9.7M) and Pedro Santos (7.1M) might be good plays against this Dallas defense, but you would rather start them on the bench if you do get them because Columbus play early.


Player Position Status Potential return
Reggie Cannon Defender Out: Right ankle injury N/A
Jacori Hayes Midfielder Out: Hamstring injury N/A
Cristian Colman Forward Out: Left ACL tear N/A
Ema Twumasi Forward Questionable: Back problem N/A
Francis Atuahene Forward Out: Left ruptured pectoral muscle Mid August 2019

D.C. United

Gameweek 3 fixture: Real Salt Lake (H)


Player Position Status Potential return
Oniel Fisher Defender Out: Knee surgery N/A
Chris Odoi-Atsem Defender Out: Hodgkin’s Lymphoma N/A
Earl Edwards Jr. Goalkeeper Out: Groin injury N/A

Houston Dynamo

Gameweek 3 fixture: Vancouver Whitecaps (H)


Player Position Status Potential return
Juan Cabezas Midfielder Out: Right thigh injury N/A
Eric Bird Midfielder Out: Left ankle injury N/A
Erik McCue Defender Out: Left foot injury N/A
Micheal Nelson Goalkeeper Out: Right thigh injury N/A
DaMarcus Beasley Defender Questionable: Left knee injury N/A
Maynor Figueroa Defender Questionable: Right ankle injury N/A

Los Angeles FC

Gameweek 3 fixture: New York City FC (A)

Steven Beitashour (5.9M) suffered an head injury against Portland timbers, hasn’t participated in training so far and could be replaced by Latif Blessing (6.4M) again. Andre Horta (7.5M) has been moved to questionable in LAFC’s injury report and could return in time for the game Vs NYCFC if fit. Adama Diomande (9.6M) told reports after the match against SKC that he didn’t expect to be in contention for the first several matches as he continues to recover from his off-season surgery. Christian Ramirez (7.1M) could start for LAFC whereas Diomande will stay on the bench.

Update: Steven Beitashour displayed concussion symptoms and it seems unlikely that he will participate in the game against NCYFC

Player Position Status Potential return
Adama Diomande Forward Probable: Recovering from surgery to repair a hernia Won’t start but might come off the bench as he continues to recover
Andre Horta Midfielder Questionable: Right quad strain Could return to the team for gameweek 3
Steven Beitashour Defender Out: Head injury N/A
Alejandro Guido Midfielder Out: Right quad strain N/A
Josh Perez Midfielder Questionable: Right hamstring strain N/A

LA Galaxy

Gameweek 3 fixture: Minnesota United (H)

Zlatan hasn’t returned to training for LAG for over a week and is running out of time to make it to the game Vs Minnesota United at home. LAG are reportedly looking for another striker after the injury to Zlatan and trading Ola Kamara to China. LAG have no reliable strikers remaining and Chris Pontius (5.0M) could suit up as a striker again. There has even been talk of Uriel Antuna (5.7M) replacing Zlatan this week.

Update: Zlatan and Alessandrini have been ruled out for the game Vs Minnesota United

Player Position Status Potential return
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Forward Out: Sore Achilles tendon Gameweek 5 Vs Portland Timbers
Romain Alessandrini Midfielder Out: Right hamstring injury Week to week
Perry Kitchen Midfielder Out: Undisclosed injury N/A
Juninho Midfielder Questionable: Knee injury N/A
Bradford Jamieson IV Forward Loaned to USL side San Antonio 2020 season

Minnesota United

Gameweek 3 fixture: LA Galaxy (A)


Player Position Status Potential return
Kevin Molino Midfielder Out: Left knee injury Week to week. Molino has returned to training

Montreal Impact

Gameweek 3 fixture: Orlando City (A)


Player Position Status Potential return
Ken Krolicki Midfielder Out: Dislocated right elbow 5-6 weeks (Mid April – May)
Jason Beaulieu Goalkeeper Out: Cyst on left knee Late July 2019
Jeisson Vargas Forward Loaned to Chilean side Universidad Catolica 2020 season
Thomas Meilleur-Giguère Defender Loaned to USL side Ottawa Fury FC 2020 season
James Pantemis Goalkeeper Loaned to USL side Ottawa Fury FC 2020 season

New England Revolution

Gameweek 3 fixture: Toronto FC (A)

Good news for the New England Revolution is that Brandon Bye’s red card Vs Columbus crew has been rescinded by video review and he should participate in the game Vs Toronto unless Brad Friedel has other plans. Luis Caicedo (6.2M) should also return to the fold for New England.

Player Position Status Potential return
Andrew Farrell Defender Out: Eye injury April 2019
Juan Fernando Caicedo Forward Probable: Muscle injury Gameweek 3 Vs Toronto FC

New York City FC

Gameweek 3 fixture: LAFC (H)

Ronald Matarrita (5.0M) has returned from his calf injury and we will have to wait and watch if he directly makes his way to the team. Ben Sweat (5.5M) could continue to replace him if he fails to make the team.

Player Position Status Potential return
Ronald Matarrita Defender Probable: Calf injury Gameweek 4 Vs LAFC
Ismael Tajouri-Shradi Forward Questionable: Ankle injury N/A
Jeff Caldwell Goalkeeper Loaned to USL side Memphis 901 FC 2020 season


New York Red Bulls

Gameweek 3 fixture: San Jose Earthquakes (H)

Kemar Lawrence (6.5M) played 45 minutes against Atletico Pantoja in the first leg of the first round game in the CCL but hasn’t featured on the team sheet since the past 4 games. Lade (4.5M), Murillo (7.2M) and Duncan (4.8M) are all in contention to start for the red bulls.

Player Position Status Potential return
Ryan Meara Goalkeeper Out: Knee injury March 2019
Kemar Lawrence Defender Probable: Meniscus injury Day to day. Expected to return for gameweek 4
Brian White Forward Probable: Hamstring injury Gameweek 4 Vs San Jose Earthquakes

Orlando City SC

Gameweek 3 fixture: Montreal Impact (H)

Tesho Akindele (6.3M) suffered an Hamstring injury in the game Vs Chicago and is ruled out for the game Vs Montreal. He was replaced by Dow Dwyer (9.1M) and expect him to start again. Just like it should’ve been.

Player Position Status Potential return
Lamine Sane Defender Doubtful: Calf injury Day to day
Tesho Akindele Forward Out: Hamstring injury Ruled out for game on saturday Vs Montreal
Adam Grinwis Goalkeeper Doubtful: Concussion protocol Day to day

Philadelphia Union

Gameweek 3 fixture: Atlanta United (A)

Philadelphia Union have suffered a double blow before their away game against defending champions Atlanta united. Both new signings, Star playmaker Marco Fabian and striker Sergio Santos have been ruled out for the game at Atlanta. Philadelphia have also decided appealing against Fabian’s red card. There has been talk about homegrown player Brenden Aaronson (5.0M) making his debut for Philadelphia and replacing Fabian at the #10 role in the process. There is a possibility that new signing Jamiro Monteiro (6.5M) will be in the team for the game on Sunday but head coach Jim Curtin said that Monteiro is unavailable right now but should make his debut in gameweek 4 Vs Columbus. It’s a toothless Philadelphia attack against a under performing Atlanta United who only have 2 wins in their last 6 games but a good idea might be getting Josef Martinez (10.5M) in case he goes off and a Atlanta defender just to play it safe.

Player Position Status Potential return
Marco Fabian Midfielder Suspended: Red card Vs SKC Gameweek 4 Vs Columbus
Sergio Santos Forward Out: Hip injury 3-4 weeks
Jamiro Monteiro Midfielder Doubtful: Unavailable for selection Gameweek 4 Vs Columbus
Mark McKenzie Defender Out: Concussion N/A
Kacper Przybylko Forward Out: Fractured toe N/A
Fabinho Defender Out: Left ankle sprain N/A

Portland Timbers

Gameweek 3 fixture: FC Cincinnati (A)

Portland will be without their defensive stalwart Diego Chara (6.9M) in the game against Cincinnati after he received a red card in the game against LAFC. What this does is not help Portland in any way (obviously) but makes Cincinnati attackers better prospects this week. Not like their attackers have done anything special so far but we saw glimpses of what Kenneth Saief (7.6M) is capable of and I would say that he is a good bench play if he starts and plays early but he doesn’t.  

Player Position Status Potential return
Diego Chara Midfielder Suspended: Red card (2nd yellow) Vs LAFC Gameweek 4
Aljaz Ivacic Goalkeeper Out: Left Tibial stress fracture Mid April 2019
Kendall McIntosh Goalkeeper Out: Left thigh strain N/A
Bill Tuiloma Defender Questionable: Right lower leg strain Day to day

Real Salt Lake

Gameweek 3 fixture: D.C. United (A)


Player Position Status Potential return
Joao Plata Midfielder Probable: Foot injury Gameweek 3 Vs D.C. United
Justen Glad Defender Out: Broken toe 3-6 weeks
Jordan Allen Midfielder Out: Knee injury Out for 2019 season.

San Jose Earthquakes

Gameweek 3 fixture: New York Red Bulls (A)


Player Position Status Potential return
Kevin Partida Defender Out: Torn ACL Mid April 2019

Seattle Sounders

Gameweek 3 fixture: Chicago Fire (A)


Player Position Status Potential return
Henry Wingo Midfielder Questionable: Left groin pain N/A


Sporting Kansas City

Gameweek 3 fixture: Colorado Rapids (A)

Roger Espinoza (7.1M) is set to return to the starting XI this week after his suspension for receiving a red card in gameweek 1 Vs LAFC. A lot of questions about whether Fontas (5.5M) will start for SKC or not. Barath (4.8M) started in the right center back position for SKC Vs Philadelphia and in the CCL game Vs Independiente. So it’s all down to whether Peter Vermes decides to rotate or not, he has had Ilie and Besler start 5 games in the past 2 weeks.

Player Position Status Potential return
Jimmy Medranda Midfielder Out: Knee injury N/A
Andreu Fontas Defender Questionable: Hip pointer N/A

Toronto FC

Gameweek 3 fixture: New England Revolution (H)

Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney is positive that star forward Jozy Altidore (9.5M) will be available for selection in the game against New England. It will be another 2 weeks before Pozuelo makes his debut for Toronto FC as he joins the Canadian club in mid-March after the current season with Belgian club K.R.C. Genk ends.

Player Position Status Potential return
Jozy Altidore Forward Probable: Knee injury Expected to return to the team for gameweek 3 Vs New England Revolution
Alejandro Pozuelo Midfielder Will join team after season with current team ends. Gameweek 5 Vs NYCFC
Eriq Zavaleta Defender Questionable: Shin injury N/A
Ryan Telfer Defender Loaned to Canadian Premier league side York 9 FC 2020 season

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Gameweek 3 fixture: Houston Dynamo (A)


Player Position Status Potential return
Jasser Khmiri Defender Out: Left knee injury N/A
Brett Levis Defender Out: Right hamstring strain N/A
PC Defender Questionable: Undisclosed injury N/A
Michael Baldisimo Midfielder Out: Left ankle contusion N/A


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