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Orlando City coach James O’Connor monitoring injured players while in Bradenton

Orlando City centerback Jonathan Spector participates in a training session at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. (Jordan Culver/Orlando Sentinel)

A few players that have been absent from recently Orlando City training sessions were present while the club trained at IMG Academy in Bradenton.

Centerback Lamine Sané (quad) was there, as were midfielders Yoshimar Yotún (foot) and Sacha Kljestan (ankle). During roughly an hour of training that was open to the media, Kljestan and Sané could be seen training to the side. There was a portion of training not open to the media, though.

Captain and centerback Jonathan Spector (hamstring) was training with the club during a scrimmage.

Coach James O’Connor said Orlando City is using its bye week to “get a closer look” at where certain players are when it comes to injuries they’ve suffered. He added right back RJ Allen is dealing with a concussion and that Spector is intermittent and not consistently in full training.

Yotún won’t be eligible for Orlando City’s next match, regardless of his injury status. He will serve the second part of a two-game suspension for violent conduct during the Lions’ match against the New England Revolution. 

“We’re still trying to monitor, to be honest,” O’Connor said. He added he wants to be sensible in how he’s pushing players along.

This week is Orlando City’s first bye week with O’Connor at the helm.

“I think, for us, it’s given us a chance to be able to integrate them, but then also to get everyone together for a longer period of time,” O’Connor said. “Even when we’ve been traveling, we’ve never had the full squad. This gives us a chance to take the whole squad, which, again, is really powerful.”




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