Sporting Kansas City’s Jacob Peterson is “expected to miss at least another two weeks,” after injuring his hamstring on Aug. 10 at Vancouver, Sporting KC beat writer Steve Brisendine reports. He hasn’t featured for the team since then.
This is kind of surprising news as the injury has been reported as a knee sprain on the MLS injury reports. Even in the source article, Peterson describes how his knee got injured. However, from the sounds of it, the injury has confounded the training staff a bit, and perhaps now they’ve been able to put a finger on it.
The team’s acquisition of Sal Zizzo this off season is proving a nice piece of business–and not just for his hilarious cameos in “The Benny Feilhaber Show.” He’s been a serviceable replacement for Peterson in the meantime, but has also provided starter-quality depth off the bench this season. Zizzo has started at Peterson’s right forward spot in both league matches that Peterson has missed. Antonio Dovale started there in the CONCACAF opener at Real Esteli, but was subbed out for Zizzo in the 57th minute. In the meantime, those two will continue to fill in.
It’s yet another development in a year which the injury list can only be described as Arsenal-esque. As Peter Vermes is quoted in the source article “But [another injury is] par for the course. That’s the way it’s been for us all season. We’ll manage it.”
They will miss the depth he provides. The next two weeks are crammed with games. He’ll miss three matches– Aug. 29 at Houston Dynamo, Sept. 3 at New England Revolution, and Sept. 6 at New York.
Sporting plays again on Sept. 12 at Chivas USA, and it’s doubtful Peterson can immediately hop in and play a full 90. Of course, that’s if he is even ready by then. The injury seemed to have been a bit of a mystery to the coaching staff, and we can’t be sure that he’ll be back in two weeks. Paulo Nagamura was expected back from injury as early as Aug. 16 vs Toronto FC, but is still listed as questionable for the Houston Dynamo match.