02 Jul Minnesota’s Ike Opara injured, doesn’t journey to Orlando for MLS match
Minnesota United defender Ike Opara did not journey with the team to Orlando for the MLS is Again Event, a number of sources instructed Football4cast.
The sources added that the choice for Opara to stay in Minnesota was as a consequence of an undisclosed damage and never COVID-19 associated. It stays to be seen if Opara will be a part of up with the team later within the match.
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(half) Earlier than it is reported elsewhere, I wish to let the followers know that I’m presently not in Orlando with my teammates. I’m persevering with my bodily rehabilitation on a preexisting situation that was agreed upon between the league and MNUFC. I am unhappy I am not there with my guys
— Ike Opara (@ikeopara) July 2, 2020
The absence of Opara, 31, is a major blow for Minnesota because it returns to play. He’s the reigning MLS Defender of the Yr, a two-time winner of the award. Opara has been a mainstay for the Loons ever since he was acquired in a commerce previous to the 2019 season, scoring 5 objectives in 39 league, cup and playoff appearances. His performances within the again had been very important to Minnesota reaching the MLS Cup playoffs final 12 months for the primary time of their transient MLS historical past.
General, Opara has made 214 league, cup and playoff appearances and scoring 22 objectives in his skilled profession. He has beforehand performed for the San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas Metropolis. He helped SKC win an MLS Cup in 2013 and a pair of U.S. Open Cup crowns in 2015 and 2017.
Opara tweeted an evidence for his absence on Thursday, clarifying that he was present process “bodily rehabilitation on a preexisting situation.”
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Opara is not the one high-profile participant to not be in Orlando. On Wednesday the LA Galaxy introduced that midfielder Jonathan dos Santos will miss the match as a consequence of hernia surgical procedure. LAFC attacker and league MVP Carlos Vela can be unlikely to play with a view to stay in Los Angeles together with his pregnant spouse.
The absence of the Opara and Dos Santos comes as FC Dallas is coping with a COVID-19 outbreak inside the team, with 9 gamers and one coach confirmed to have examined constructive for the virus.