In all likelihood, David Villa will be unavailable for New York City FC on Saturday at Minnesota United.
During the three days leading up to the Wednesday clash with the Chicago Fire at Yankee Stadium, the New York City captain confessed to an abductor irritation.
Villa recorded a team-high six shots on goal and produced the insurance tally in a 2-0 victory over the Fire.
“He said before the game he was ok but David played the last 10 minutes with discomfort,” NYCFC head coach Dome Torrent said after the captain’s full 90-minute shift. “I’m not sure for David in the next game. Minnesota has a turf field and it’s not easy for him.”
Minnesota United shares TFC Bank Stadium with its primary tenant, the Minnesota Gophers football team. The turf is dissimilar to other synthetic surfaces across the league with a construction that caters to a large athlete.
Last season, the LA Galaxy lost three players to injury on the Loons’ field.
“Honestly, with all respect, this is the worst field I ever played on in this league,” former Galaxy center back Jelle Van Damme said after that match. “It can only cause you injuries.”
The following players have been “rested” by their coaches for matches at TFC Bank Stadium in the last two seasons: Kaka (Orlando City), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Chicago), Carlos Vega (LAFC), Diego Chara (Portland) and Diego Valeri (Portland).
“The turf fields are not good for some players,” Torrent said. “It’s like Ibra (Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic) has problems. They (Villa and Ibra) are 36 and 37.”
Villa has been an injury absentee for 10 matches in 2018 including seven in the Torrent regime.
Although NYCFC will have a three-week break in the schedule after Saturday’s match, Torrent suggested that he might also consider leaving center back Maxime Chanot out of the squad against the Loons.
“He had an operation in the abductor,” Torrent said. “And he has problems on turf.”