NYCFC’s Heber out 3-4 weeks
Bad news came for New York City FC and Head Coach Dome Torrent. In his best moment, Heber was forced to retreat. The Brazilian striker scored 14 goals in 17 appearances, revealing himself as one of the team’s fundamental players. But New York City will have to do without him for the next 3-4 weeks. Heber was injured in the first half of Vancouver, a game won by New York 3-1. Heber injured his quadriceps and will be out for almost a month. Probably, as Torrent said, Heber will be able to return against Philadelphia Union, but at the moment it would be hard to make predictions.
In fact, the delicate area where Heber was injured has to be taken into consideration. Muscle injuries are the most complicated to overcome and often, when forcing the player to return to the field, has a big risk of re-injury.
New York City FC have to do without its most important and decisive player at a very special moment. It goes towards the end of the regular season and the playoffs. It’s true, New York has already reached the playoffs, but getting first in the standing is the goal of the City.
Without Heber the team loses its point of reference, the finalizer of the team. There is maximum confidence in those who will replace the Brazilian, but Heber had set very well in the team’s mechanism and had shown it with goals.
On the other hand, Heber’s injury could stimulate other New York strikers even more, especially Taty Castellanos. The Argentine is experiencing a great season. Now he has stopped a little, but has shown that he can drag the team with excellent performances and goals. It could be his moment to prove his worth, waiting for Heber to come back.
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