“The news that we’ve gotten back from testing and the different medical staffs that have seen him is positive,” head coach Jim Curtin said on Wednesday. “It doesn’t look like it’s going to be anything where he’s missing a month or anything like that. It will be a couple weeks it looks like.”
Curtin said it’s unclear whether he’ll be ready to go in a key match against another Eastern Conference playoff contender, but that the team is “going to push like crazy to get him ready.”
Dočkal left Saturday’s match in the 40th minute after being injured on a tackle by Cristian Higuita after delivering his 14th assist on Cory Burke’s equalizer. He’s tied with Kaku for the league lead in assists.
“We know how important he is to our team,” Curtin said.
Though he may not miss additional time for the Union, the injury is keeping Dočkal from international play after being called up to the Czech Republic national team.
He’s one of three Union players unable to report to international duty this week because of injury. Anthony Fontana, who started for Dočkal when he missed the first game of the season with an ankle injury, and Matthew Real were unable to join Mark McKenzie with the United States U20 team in Florida.
Derrick Jones replaced Dočkal on Saturday night and would likely be in line to start if Dočkal is unable to go on the 15th.
Ilsinho suffered a “little more severe” injury in Orlando — where he was also hurt during a preseason friendly — after subbing into the game in the second half.
“It’s a grade two, a little bit of a tear to the abductor so he’ll miss some time,” Curtin said. “Three-to-four weeks, probably four weeks to be safe.”
The Union have seven league games remaining and the Lamar Hunt U.S. open Cup final in Houston.