With its playoff hopes dangling by the thinnest of threads, the New England Revolution suffered a terrible setback Saturday when forward Saer Sene suffered a broken ankle against Montreal.
Sene was stretchered off midway through the first half at Stade Saputo. The Revs forward fell awkwardly on a challenge near goal; Montreal midfielder Davy Arnaud immediately waved toward the Revolution bench, imploring medical staff on the field.
Juan Agudelo’s recent return from injury helps soften the blow here, but it does rob the Revs of their top attacking combination. Sene has five goals and five assists this year, playing most often lately on the right in the team’s 4-1-4-1 arrangement. He has played in 23 off the club’s 32 matches this year, starting 13.
The injury became worse still when Dimitry Imbongo left the game in the 62nd minute with what appeared to be a hamstring injury. Imbongo had come on for the injured Sene.
Adding to the mounting attrition at the worst possible time, the club’s most creative attacker, Lee Nguyen, collected a yellow card and will sit out the Revs next contest.
What a time this would be for former U.S. international Charlie Davies, signed inexpensively on a bit of a flyer, to step in with a meaningful contribution. He was on the bench Saturday but has yet to offer any indication that he can be any king of a significant influence in MLS.
(More on the match itself later at ProSoccerTalk.)
Here is the best look at the Sene injury, although it’s not the best replay:
After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.
The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury.
Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”
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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.
If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.
To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.
Mario Gotze could be out of action until 2016 after picking up a groin injury on international duty.
The Bayern Munich midfielder suffered a tendon tear in his abductor muscle while stretching for a ball in Germany’s 1-0 loss to Ireland in EURO qualifiers on Thursday. He was taken off in the 35th minute.
Ruled out for 10-12 weeks, Gotze is likely to miss the rest of the first half of the season for Bayern. Their last league match of 2015 is on December 19, which is 11 weeks away. The Bundesliga then goes on winter break, with Bayern’s next match not until January 23.
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Gotze will miss both of Bayern’s upcoming Champions League matches against Arsenal, which is good news for the Gunners as they are in desperate need of a result.
However, Arjen Robben is back in training and will make his return to action within the coming weeks. After starting the Bundesliga seasons with eight wins out of eight, Robben’s return would add just another weapon to Pep Guardiola’s dominant attack.
Robben has not played since being injured in early September while playing for the Netherlands, and could feature for Bayern against Werder Bremen next week.