The injuries for Sporting Kansas City seem to continue to mount up, with news on two more players coming out today. First for some good news, the team posted on Twitter today that captain, Davy Arnaud had returned to training. Combine that with the return of Craig Rocastle to game play yesterday in the reserve game. The two of them will help boost the midfield that has suffered some injuries and suspensions lately.
Still, though there are plenty of injury issues going around. Aurelien Collin is still out with his back injury. Best case scenario could see him back probably in early to mid-September. But if recovery goes slowly, Collin could miss longer. Back injuries are something that can take a long time to heal depending on the person. Hopefully he's on the short side. Especially since today word came out that KC is down another central defender. Newly signed, Daneil Cyrus has broken the 5th metatarsal in his left foot. The injury will require surgery and will see him miss the rest of the 2011 season. Combine those two and it's a blow to KC. Now KC only has 3 central defenders on it's roster, Matt Besler, Julio Cesar, and Shavar Thomas. Thomas had likely been on the trade block and transfer list up until the injury to Cyrus. Now KC can't afford to get rid of the Jamaican, as he's the only back up KC has if Besler or Cesar gets injured. I'd said that previously I wanted KC to get another center back. There's 6 days left in the MLS transfer window to go shopping outside the league, but the trade deadline is still about a month away so KC could get someone within the league. But everyone knows Cyrus is now up and the price for KC to get a defender just went up. The other possibility is that KC signs a free agent, for example, a guy like Nick Cardenas who the Wizards drafted in 2010 and played 90 minutes for KC in the reserve game yesterday. It'll be interesting to see if KC makes a move.
The other new injury is the rumor that Andrew Wiebe posted today about Luke Sassano. Sassano limped through the last 2 minutes plus stoppage time of the game on the weekend against the Sounders after a collision with Lamar Neagle. Wiebe has heard that Sassano has a sprained MCL and will miss the next 4-6 weeks recovering from the injury. The injury looked a lot worse watching it on replay after the game. With Arnaud and Rocastle on their way back, this injury may not hurt as much, but until they're able to go KC is going to have some depth issues at midfield. Especially when you factor in that we haven't heard anything with regards to the status to Jeferson, who limped off to be replaced by Sassano against the Sounders. Hopefully with the extra time off, Jeferson will be ready to go in about a week against Portland. But if he can't the injury crisis could continue.