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Marquez, Wenger suffer injuries in loss to Toronto

Richie Marquez and Andrew Wenger face time on the sideline after suffering injuries in yesterday's 2-1 loss to Toronto FC.

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In its 2-1 loss to Toronto FC on Saturday, the Philadelphia Union were forced to make two injury-related substitutions, with one for forward Andrew Wenger and the other being defender Richie Marquez.

After the game, Jonathan Tannenwald tweeted that Marquez had rolled an ankle and could face one or two weeks sidelined, while Wenger had suffered a concussion after clashing heads with a Toronto player.

Wenger, who has recorded only one goal this season, tried to play on but was withdrawn in the 38th minute for Eric Ayuk Mbu. Marquez was taken off in the 71st minute for forward Conor Casey, who pulled one back for the Union in the first minute of stoppage time.

The absence of Marquez in the back could open the door for Steven Vitoria to receive more playing time, although Maurice Edu will be back in the lineup after serving a one-game suspension for accumulating eight yellow cards. With Wenger also looking at time out, more time could be given to Mbu and Zach Pfeffer, who has scored twice in the eight starts he has received.

These setbacks will definitely cause Curtin to reshuffle his plans for the big U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal against the New York Red Bulls on Tuesday, July 21st.