Despite recent injuries, Cosmos optimistic to be near full-strength by weekend

Optimistic: Cosmos hope both Lucky Mkosana and Carlos Mendes are available this weekend [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Optimistic: Cosmos hope both Lucky Mkosana and Carlos Mendes are available this weekend [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

The New York Cosmos have experienced a late rash of injuries as they approach the season’s end, but hope to overcome most of them before their final home match this Saturday as a determined Miami FC fights for a spot in the postseason.

Lucky Mkosana suffered a knock in practice two weeks ago and was left out of the 18 for their match in Ottawa and did not play last weekend in Jacksonville. With Yasmani Duk called away on international duty, the Cosmos were without a spare forward for either of the two matches.

Carlos Mendes did play in that Ottawa match, leaving with an injury in the 63rd minute. With David Ochieng away on international duty and Jimmy Ockford not making the 18, no spare center backs were available. As a result, Jimmy Mulligan entered for the injured captain and Mike Richter was forced to push inside from his typical right back slot.

However the club is optimistic that both will be available for the match this weekend.

“Mendes and Lucky have shown progress and Gio feels optimistic about having them available for Saturday’s match,” the club told TICC.

Roversio departs the Edmonton match early [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC

Roversio departs the Edmonton match early [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC

Center back Roversio lasted only 57 minutes in last week’s encounter, his first in almost a month. To date, the injury-plagued Brazilian has managed only one complete match in the regular season, making only seven league appearances overall.

However, it appears his early departure last weekend does not necessarily mean he will be gone indefinitely.

“Gio also chose to be cautious with Rovérsio last match, thus making the substitution in the 57’,” commented the club. “He also expects to have him fit and ready for Saturday.”

Of course, the one definite absence is Sebastian Guenzatti. Suffering a ruptured ACL, the winger will be out for the remainder of the season, a difficult loss to endure with a tough stretch of three, possibly four matches left.

However, the club has already used Andres Flores in the position and will have other options available to fill in for the missing piece as they close out the regular season, then commence their postseason.

With any luck, the squad will stay healthy during this run.

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