MLS - Columbus Crew's Zardes suffers grade 2 MCL sprain injury

23.10.2021 01:00 of D.B. TransferMarketWeb   see readings
MLS - Columbus Crew's Zardes suffers grade 2 MCL sprain injury
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Zardes suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain during their 1-1 midweek draw against Nashville SC, which will keep him out for 2-4 weeks while he recovers, according to head coach Caleb Porter.

Columbus, the defending MLS Cup champions, have four regular-season games left, beginning this Saturday at Lower.com Field (6 p.m. ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+) against the rising New York Red Bulls. They finish the season at home against Chicago Fire FC on November 7 (Decision Day), after entering MLS Week 31 three points out of the Eastern Conference's seven postseason spots.

Zardes' absence could have consequences for the US men's national team ahead of their games against Mexico on November 12 and Jamaica on November 16, when Concacaf World Cup Qualifying starts. He had missed the Octagonal's September window due to a hamstring injury, but returned in October to play in all three matches.

This season, the 30-year-old Designated Player has nine goals in 21 games (18 starts), putting him on the verge of missing out on four straight seasons with double-digit goals. He's been selected MLS Player of the Week twice in 2021. (Weeks 27 & 30).