Sounders FC’s leading scorer, David Estrada, broke his left foot during a scrimmage in Tuesday’s practice, the team confirmed Wednesday. The 24-year-old forward/midfielder will undergo surgery Thursday and is expected to be out for eight to 12 weeks.
“Obviously it’s not great news,” said coach Sigi Schmid. “He’s had a fifth metatarsal injury on his right leg when he was at UCLA, so he knows what that feels like; he knows what the recovery is like from that. Hopefully everything will go well in the surgery and he’ll be back sooner than later.
“It definitely means more playing time for some other people. Different people have to step up.”
Estrada, who boasts a team-high five MLS goals, has played all 13 league games this season and his 991 minutes players are behind only Fredy Montero. Estrada’s ability to play both as a forward and a wide midfielder was of particular use to the Sounders.
“He’s had a great impact on us this year because we’ve been able to play him in different positions,” Schmid said. “He always gives you that tremendous work rate when he’s on the field, and we’re certainly going to miss that until he gets back. Again, we’ve got our fingers crossed that he’ll be back sooner.”
Up top, Sammy Ochoa seems to be the leading candidate to get more minutes at forward. Alex Caskey and Cordell Cato could be see an expanded roles out wide.
“Obviously it’s unfortunate, but things happen in the game that you can’t foresee,” said midfielder Brad Evans. “Injuries happen all the time — sometimes it’s the flukiest of things. It’s at a good time in that we’ll definitely have him back at a very important part of our season when we hit Champions League; we’re going to have a heavy load in the last third of the season. We’re confident that we’ll have him back in a couple months — that’s the plus side. He’s a guy that’s not going to lose his fitness. He’s going to work extremely hard. It’s unfortunate to lose him, for sure, but we have a number of guys who — like Sammy — have stepped the past couple games. Your number is going to be called on when guys step out. You just have to be prepared the best you can.”
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