Sporting KC’s Espinoza to miss 10 weeks after red card tackle vs Houston


Sporting KC’s red-hot summer has taken a big hit from a ruthless tackle.

Roger Espinoza, 28, is going to miss around 10 weeks with a broken left foot after a red card tackle from Houston’s Nathan Sturgis last week. The sliding cleat to the ankle caused plenty of damage, not only to Espinoza but to Sporting’s Supporters Shield hopes.

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“It’s obviously disappointing news, but I’m going to continue to work with our athletic training staff to come back healthy for the club’s playoff run,” Espinoza said in a statement released by the team. “All I can do now is focus on my rehab and be the best teammate that I can be.”

Espinoza returned to Sporting Kansas City this offseason after spending two years with Wigan Athletic in England. He’s made 17 league appearances – all starts – in 2015, scoring one goal and adding four assists for Peter Vermes’ side.