FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Juan Agudelo’s sprained right knee will keep him sidelined for a second straight game when the New England Revolution hosts the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night, but beyond that, the Revs remain in wait-and-see mode with their dynamic striker.
“He’s got a sprained knee and right now he’s in the treatment room getting sorted,” head coach Jay Heaps said after Wednesday morning’s training session. “We’ve got to manage him over the next days and week and see how he recovers.”
Agudelo suffered the non-contact injury in stoppage time of last week’s U.S. Open Cup loss to D.C. United after entering the game as a late substitute. While his teammates traveled directly from the D.C. area to the West Coast for a regular-season meeting with his former club, Chivas USA, Agudelo returned to Foxborough for treatment.
The Revs struggled to break down a resolute Chivas USA side without the services of Agudelo, whose unending work ethic and creative movement help create chances for both himself and his teammates.
While the Revs are unsure exactly how long they’ll be without Agudelo, they know they face a difficult task replacing his contribution in the meantime. But with a group of hungry forwards waiting for their opportunity to get on the field, someone will get their chance to step up.
“With Juan going down, there’s a vacancy out there that needs to be filled,” said Chad Barrett, who came off the bench to score New England’s late equalizer against Chivas USA. “He was doing a fantastic job before he got hurt and we’re going to struggle to get on without him, but we definitely have the firepower on this team to score goals.”