In the midst of a six-game winless run, Orlando City’s roster has suffered its first major blow this season.
Midfielder Darwin Cerén sustained a sprained ankle injury during last Sunday’s 2-1 defeat against Sporting Kansas City.
The El Salvador international left the game on Sunday in the 86th minute after a tackle from behind by Nuno Coelho of Sporting KC saw the OCSC midfielder get stretchered off of the field.
Cerén is expected to be sidelined for the next five to six weeks, WFTV reporter Christian Bruey reported on Wednesday on Twitter.
— Christian Bruey (@CBrueyWFTV) May 18, 2016
Orlando City (2-3-5, 11 points) host the Montreal Impact, who will be without an injured Didier Drogba, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Camping World Stadium.
Cerén started nine out of the first 10 Orlando City games this season. Servando Carrasco could fill in the center midfield void and play alongside Cristian Higuita on Saturday.
Another option City head coach Adrian Heath could employ is inserting Antonio Nocerino to replace Cerén.
This is Orlando City’s first major injury bug since Ricardo Kaká sustained a thigh injury in the beginning of the season.
Orlando City will take a two-week break starting in June for the Copa America Centenario, where Orlando will host three games at Camping World Stadium.
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