Philadelphia Union captain Alejandro Bedoya will likely miss Sunday’s season finale against New York City FC with a quad injury sustained against Columbus Crew on Sunday.
“This weekend’s game will be difficult to turn around for, but with our medical staff, he’ll be turned around and ready for the big playoff game,” head coach Jim Curtin said during his weekly press conference on Thursday.
Curtin noted that Bedoya was doing rehab work in the locker room on Thursday and that this the first muscle injury of the 32-year-old’s career.
If Bedoya is in fact out for Sunday, Curtin has a number of options to replace him. Warren Creavalle subbed on for Bedoya in the 44th minute on Sunday. A midfield with Jamiro Monteiro playing a more defensive role with Haris Medunjanin, Brenden Aaronson and Marco Fabian would also make sense.
“Others will step up like they have all season,” Curtin said.
In other injury news, Sergio Santos is returning from a hamstring injury he picked up against the New York Red Bulls. Curtin said the Brazilian will be joining training tomorrow.
“It’s more positive than we anticipated and (he’s) a big piece for us to add going into the playoffs,” he said.