Sakata: Gomez Thigh Muscle Tear Means Missed Time With Panama

May 19, 2012; Frisco, TX, USA; Philadelphia Union midfielder Gabriel Gomez (6) scores a goal against FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman (1) as defender Jair Benitez (5) defends during the second half at FC Dallas Stadium. FC Dallas and Philadelphia Union ended the match tied 1-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Panamanian National Team assistant captain Gabriel Gomez will miss today's friendly against Jamaica and may miss the country's two upcoming 2014 World Cup Qualifying games, according to David Sakata of Diario Pro.

Gomez was evaluated on Wednesday by the team doctor, Gerinaldo Martinez, who requested that the player have a sonogram.

The sonogram (ultrasound) of the player, done by Dr. Erick Villarreal, confirmed the suspicion of Dr. Martinez because it determined that Gomez has a tear of the vastus medialis of his left thigh.

Gomez was hurt on May 19 in Texas against FC Dallas when the home team's starting goalkeeper, Kevin Hartman, came in late and kicked the central midfielder in the thigh. The Philadelphia Union leading goal scorer still managed to put away his fourth goal of the season, but was clearly in pain as he moved away from Dallas' goal to celebrate.

The injury caused Gomez to miss the Union's last league game, a 1-0 loss to Toronto FC, prior to him leaving for international duty.

It was initially thought that Gomez could miss as much as two weeks due to injury, but Panama's medical staff believes that Gomez could potentially return as soon as June 8.

Sakata said that Panama expected Gomez to miss today's friendly against Jamaica and it will monitor Gomez leading up to the World Cup qualifier against Honduras. The observation may also include treatment to possibly get Gomez into playing shape for either the Honduras match of the June 12 qualifier against Cuba.

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