Impact fans, brace for worst-case-scenario.
Montreal midfielder Justin Mapp will be out an estimated four months after a fall in the season opener will require elbow surgery.
Mapp tumbled over D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid in the late stages of their 1-0 loss to open the season, and was removed in the 86th minute. Surgery is scheduled for Thursday, according to the club, and will repair both a fracture and a dislocation.
“It’s not easy to replace him, but we have a lot of depth out wide,” manager Frank Klopas told the Canadian Press. “With the changes we made, we wanted quality depth at every spot.”
The 31-year-old Mississippi product is a major cog in the Impact attack, and without him the service will suffer. It was already thin against D.C. United, and chances were barren for most of the game leaving Jack McInerney often on an island. His eight assists from last year could have been an even higher total this season given the attacking additions the club added over the summer, but now they’ll have to look elsewhere for the first half of the season.
Andres Romero is still out with a quad injury but would be a candidate to replace Mapp when he returns, and Blake Smith could be in contention as well. Dominic Oduro is a candidate as well should Klopas decide to drop him back to the wing.