FC Cincinnati’s chances of making a meaningful result at MLS is Back Tournament just became slimmer. According to the team’s head coach Jaap Stam, Cincinnati’s big offseason acquisition Jurgen Locadia is dealing with an injury and is set to miss “a couple of weeks.”
Stam told reporters that Locadia, who scored for Cincinnati in his MLS debut back in March, has issues with his thigh.
“Jurgen has a slight problem with his thigh, we’re looking at him day to day and what he can do,” said Stam.
The 26-year-old striker will now probably be unavailable for the first stage of MLS is Back Tournament, although Stam remains optimistic that things could change in the near future.
“It’s probably a couple weeks that he’s going to be out,” he added. “But you never know with injuries like that, it depends on how the players is feeling himself as well, so we’ll look at it day to day and how he feels and adjust the sessions as well.”
FC Cincinnati find themselves in one of the toughest groups of the tournament, scheduled to face Atlanta United, Columbus Crew SC, and the New York Red Bulls. They will play their first game against Columbus on July 11th.
Jurgen Locadia joined Cincinnati in February on a season-long loan with an option to buy from Premier League side Brighton. Locadia is best known for his stint with PSV, playing 176 games with the club between 2011 and 2018 and scoring 62 goals.