Gameweek 4: Injury and suspension report

Injury and suspension report

Gameweek 4: 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 (On a bye)

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 (On a bye)

Player Position Status Potential return
Andre Reynolds II Defender Questionable: Thigh injury N/A
Aleksandar Katai Midfielder Questionable: Groin injury N/A

FC Cincinnati

Gameweek 4 fixture: New England Revolution (A)

Players on international duty: Kendall Watson (Costa Rica), Allan Cruz (Costa Rica), Darren Mattocks (Jamaica), Alvas Powell (Jamaica), Frankie Amaya (US u-20)

Cincinnati has a key set of starters missing the game against New England this week. Kekutah Manneh (5.9M) is expected to lead the Cincinnati attack along with Roland Lamah (7.5M) after the injury to Fanendo Adi and the departure of Mattocks for international duty. Greg Garza (5.0M) and Kenneth Saief (7.6M) look set to finally make their full debuts for Cincinnati against New England.

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
Fanendo Adi Forward Out: Ankle 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 4 fixture: FC Dallas (A)

Players on international duty: Diego Rubio (Chile)

Rubio is the only Rapids player who received a international call up this time and his absence could see rookie Andre Shinyashiki (4.7M) making his full debut against FC Dallas this week.

Player Position Status Potential return
Benny Feilhaber Midfielder Questionable: Flu N/A
Johan Blomberg Midfielder Suspended: Red card Vs SKC Gameweek 5 Vs Houston Dynamo
Kortne Ford Defender Out: Knee injury N/A
Matt Hundley Forward Loaned to USL side Colorado Springs 2020 season
Andre Rawls Goalkeeper Loaned to USL side Colorado Springs 2020 season

Columbus Crew SC

Gameweek 4 fixture: Philadelphia Union (A)

Players on international duty: Gyasi Zardes (USMNT), Will Trapp (USMNT), Justin Meram (Iraq), Waylon Francis (Costa Rica), Aboubacar Keita (US u-20)

The crew will try to get a result at Philadelphia despite missing many starters this week. Forward Patrick Mullins (5.5M) and Josh Williams (4.5M) are expected to replace Zardes and Francis who are both missing due to international duty. Midfielder Robinho (5.3M) could start for the second game in a row at left wing. Star goalkeeper Zack Steffen was called up to the USMNT for friendlies against Ecuador and Chile but has returned since then because of a injury to his right knee and should be replaced by Joe Bendik (4.5M) who will make his Columbus Crew debut in the next game.

Player Position Status Potential return
Zack Steffen Goalkeeper Out: Right knee injury N/A
Artur Midfielder Questionable: Thigh injury N/A
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 4 fixture: Colorado Rapids (H)

Players on international duty: Jesse Gonzalez (USMNT), Carlos Gruezo (Ecuador), Bryan Acosta (Honduras)

Midfield duo Carlos Gruezo and Bryan Acosta will miss the game against Colorado. There has been a lot of talk about young players Brandon Servania (5.0M), Edwin Cerillo (4.0M) and Thomas Roberts (4.0M) possibly filling in for them. The FCD midfield could also receive a injury boost with Jacori Hayes (4.7M) returning to training and he could possibly participate in the game against Colorado. Another big name missing the game against Colorado is goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez who has been called up in place of injured keeper Zack Steffen in the USMNT. He is expected to be replaced by Jimmy Maurer (4.5M) in the team. Defender Reggie Cannon (5.5M) has also returned to training after his ankle injury and has expressed his desire to start in the game on Saturday.

Update: Jacori Hayes has been ruled out for the game against Colorado and Jesse Gonzalez has joined FCD for this week’s game but will rejoin USMNT next week.

Player Position Status Potential return
Reggie Cannon Defender Probable: Right ankle injury Gameweek 4 Vs Colorado
Jacori Hayes Midfielder Out: Hamstring injury Gameweek 4 Vs Colorado
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
Moises Hernandez Defender Loaned to USL side San Antonio FC 2020 season

D.C. United (On a bye)

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 (On a bye)

Player Position Status Potential return
Romell Quioto Forward Out: Undisclosed injury N/A
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 Out: Arthroscopic surgery on left knee 4-6 weeks
Maynor Figueroa Defender Questionable: Right ankle injury N/A

Los Angeles FC

Gameweek 4 fixture: Real Salt Lake (H)

Players on international duty: Christian Ramirez (USMNT), Mark-Anthony Kaye (Canada), Mohamed El-Munir (Libya), Peter-Lee Vassell (Jamaica), Joshua Perez (US u-23)

Adama Diomande (9.6M) told reporters 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 but he could possible start against RSL this week with Ramirez on international duty. Andre Horta (7.5M) could finally return to the starting XI and replace Mark-Anthony Kaye in the process. 

Update: Beitashour has been cleared and is available for selection. Bob Bradley also confirmed that Diomande will start against RSL and Nguyen might not be in the 18 this week.

Player Position Status Potential return
Lee Nguyen Midfielder Questionable: Right hamstring strain Gameweek 4 Vs RSL
Andre Horta Midfielder Probable: Right quad strain Gameweek 4 Vs RSL
Steven Beitashour Defender Probable: Head injury Gameweek 4 Vs RSL
Rodolfo Zelaya Forward Out: Right thigh strain N/A
Philip Ejmadu Goalkeeper Out: Lower back injury N/A
Alejandro Guido Midfielder Out: Right quad strain N/A

LA Galaxy (On a bye)

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

Minnesota United (On a bye)

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

Montreal Impact (On a bye)

Player Position Status Potential return
Zakaria Diallo Defender Suspended: Red card Vs Orlando City Gameweek 5 Vs SKC
Ken Krolicki Midfielder Out: Dislocated right elbow 4-5 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 4 fixture: FC Cincinnati (H)

Players on international duty: Gabriel Somi (Syria), Zachary Herivaux (Haiti), Justin Rennicks (US u-20)

None of the starters for New England are on international duty this week. Another positive news is that Andrew Farrell has returned to training and expected to return to the team within the next 4 weeks. New England might field the same XI as last week in the loss against Toronto and they will hope that the same team gets a different result this time.

Player Position Status Potential return
Andrew Farrell Defender Probable: Eye injury Gameweek 4 Vs Cincinnati
Tajon Buchanan Forward Out: Stress fracture in leg N/A
Isaac Angking Midfielder Out: Left knee injury N/A

New York City FC (On a bye)

Player Position Status Potential return
Ismael Tajouri-Shradi Forward Questionable: Ankle injury Gameweek 5 Vs Toronto FC
Jeff Caldwell Goalkeeper Loaned to USL side Memphis 901 FC 2020 season

 

New York Red Bulls

Gameweek 4 fixture: Orlando City SC (H)

Players on international duty: Kemar Lawrence (Jamaica), Aaron Long (USMNT), Kaku (Paraguay), Micheal Murillo (Panama)

Kyle Duncan (5.2M) is guaranteed to start again and defenders Amro Tarek (4.8M) and Connor Lade (4.5M) are expected to fill in as defensive replacements. With the season ending injury to Florian Valot, Alex Muyl (6.7M) should start in place. There has also been talk about homegrown player Omir Fernandez (5.5M) possibly making his debut for the red bulls and latest signing forward Mathias Jorgensen (6.7M) getting more minutes.

 

Player Position Status Potential return
Florian Valot Midfielder Out: Torn ACL in right knee Out for the entire 2019 season.
Brian White Forward Probable: Hamstring injury Gameweek 4 Vs Orlando City SC

Orlando City SC

Gameweek 4 fixture: New York Red Bulls (A)

Players on international duty: Jhegson Méndez (Ecuador), Cameron Lindley (US u-23)

Player Position Status Potential return
Lamine Sane Defender Doubtful: Calf injury Day to day
Will Johnson Midfielder Out: Concussion N/A
Tesho Akindele Forward Out: Hamstring injury N/A
Pierre Da Silva Forward Loaned to Atletico Paranaense 2020 season
Mason Stajduhar/span> Goalkeeper Loaned to USL side Tulsa Roughnecks 2020 season

Philadelphia Union

Gameweek 4 fixture: Columbus Crew (H)

Players on international duty: Andre Blake (Jamaica), Corey Burke (Jamaica), Warren Creavalle (Guyana), Matthew Real (US u-20), Derrick Jones (US u23)

Philadelphia return home after a tough result against Atlanta United and will be missing key players against Columbus. One positive news that all this absenteeism brings is that homegrown player Brenden Aaronson (5.5M) who scored the opening goal against Atlanta, might start again. Homegrown player Matt Freese (4.0M) is expected to make his Philadelphia Union debut and replace Andre Blake. Mark McKenzie could finally make his season debut after returning from concussion injury.  Will you take a chance on this young Philadelphia Union squad?

Update: Marco Fabian has been suspended for an additional game for his red card against SKC.

Player Position Status Potential return
Marco Fabian Midfielder Suspended: Red card Vs SKC Gameweek 5 Vs Cincinnati
Jamiro Monteiro Midfielder Questionable: Finalizing visa paperwork Gameweek 4 Vs Columbus Crew
Sergio Santos Forward Out: Hip injury 2-3 weeks
Kacper Przybylko Forward Out: Fractured toe N/A
Fabinho Defender Out: Left ankle sprain N/A

Portland Timbers (On a bye)  

Player Position Status Potential return
Larrys Mabiala Defender Suspended: Red card Vs Cincinnati Gameweek 5 Vs LAG
Aljaz Ivacic Goalkeeper Out: Left tibial stress fracture Mid April 2019
Kendall McIntosh Goalkeeper Out: Left thigh strain N/A

Real Salt Lake

Gameweek 4 fixture: LAFC (A)

Players on international duty: Albert Rusnak (Slovakia), Sam Johnson (Liberia), Corey Baird (USMNT)

RSL will have to make a lot of changes to the team that got thrashed 5-0 by D.C. United. It won’t be like they have a choice because they will be forced to. Injuries, suspensions and international duty is a huge worry for RSL this week. They will be without star players Rusnak, Savarino, Glad, Baird and possibly Plata. Veteran Tony Beltran (4.5M) is expected to make his season debut for RSL and replace suspended defender Marcelo Silva. Nick Besler (4.0M) could also make the starting XI and move Brooks Lennon to the right wing in the process. Sebastian Saucedo (4.9M) could slot in at left wing and homegrown player Tate Schmitt (4.5M) at striker as replacements for Rusnak and Baird. You better make use of all 3 LAFC spots against this RSL team.

Update: Joao Plata has been ruled out for the game against LAFC.

Player Position Status Potential return
Joao Plata Midfielder Out: Foot injury N/A
Jefferson Savarino Midfielder Suspended: Red card Vs D.C. United Gameweek 5 Vs FC Dallas
Marcelo Silva Defender Suspended: Red card Vs D.C. United Gameweek 5 Vs FC Dallas
Justen Glad Defender Out: Broken toe 2-4 weeks
Tony Beltran Defender Doubtful: Knee injury Gameweek 4 Vs LAFC
Luke Mulholland Midfielder Out: Undisclosed injury N/A
Jordan Allen Midfielder Out: Knee injury Out for 2019 season.

San Jose Earthquakes (On a bye)

 

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

Seattle Sounders (On a bye): None

 

Sporting Kansas City (On a bye)

Player Position Status Potential return
Daniel Salloi Forward Out Ankle injury 3-6 weeks
Erik Hurtado Forward Out: Arthroscopic surgery on right knee 2-3 months
Jimmy Medranda Midfielder Out: Knee injury N/A
Andreu Fontas Defender Questionable: Hip pointer N/A

Toronto FC (On a bye)

Player Position Status Potential return
Jon Bakero Midfielder Loaned to USL side Phoenix Rising 2020 season
Aidan Daniels Midfielder Loaned to USL side Ottawa Fury FC 2020 season
Ryan Telfer Defender Loaned to Canadian Premier league side York 9 FC 2020 season

Vancouver Whitecaps FC (On a bye)

 

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

 

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