Los Angeles FC will be short-handed to start the Concacaf Champions League and the 2020 MLS regular season.
The club announced Wednesday striker Adama Diomande fractured the fourth metatarsal in his right foot during a 3-1 preseason victory over New York City FC Friday.
LAFC did not give a timetable for the 29-year-old’s return, though similar injuries can take anywhere from several weeks to months to fully heal.
“Obviously, this is a disappointment in preseason,” LAFC coach Bob Bradley told reporters Wednesday. “We’ll miss him at the beginning of the season, but we’re confident this is an injury that will heal in a strong way. He’ll be back and ready to contribute.”
Los Angeles FC still boast a variety of attacking threats and have a forward corps comprised of reigning MLS MVP and Golden Boot winner Carlos Vela and fellow designated players Diego Rossi and Brian Rodriguez.
But losing Diomande, who converted 12 goals and five assists in all competitions last season, hurts the team depth-wise, particularly with the home-and-away legs of a CCL Round of 16 clash against Liga MX side Leon Feb. 18 and 27 .
Diomande has 24 goals and nine assists for LAFC since joining the club in 2018, but has been absent for extended periods in the past. He missed four games last April with a hamstring strain and was also absent for the club’s final four regular season matches after he voluntarily checked himself into MLS’ Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program.