Don’t count on Philadelphia Union striker Kacper Pryzbylko being available to play in tomorrow night’s Eastern Conference semifinal against Atlanta United.
Head coach Jim Curtin said on Wednesday that it is “highly unlikely” the team’s leading goal scorer will be able to play. He traveled with the team to Atlanta but was not able to train today, Curtin said.
“He traveled with the group, he was still unable to participate with the team in training, which is obviously disappointing for him,” Curtin said. “As the hours go by it’s highly unlikely that he will be able to partake in the game versus Atlanta but at the same time we had guys step up in big ways in his absence (against the New York Red Bulls).”
Curtin said there’s “just too much pain in the foot,” which the 26-year-old injured in pregame warm-ups before the season finale against New York City FC on October 6.
While Przybylko’s setback is a kick in the teeth to a Union team — Curtin had expected him to be ready to start on Sunday — captain Alejandro Bedoya is ready to go.
“He’s good, he’ll be on the field, he’ll be starting no question about it,” Curtin said. “A warrior’s performance in the last game. He gave everything. I thought there was probably 7 or 8 moments during the game where he had emptied his tank and he was done and then he kept pushing harder and harder. The guy embodies what a captain is, the guy what the city of Philadelphia is about.”