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Alejandro Bedoya likely to miss Philadelphia Union’s regular-season finale

Bedoya has a Grade 1 strain and is more likely to be available for the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs October 19 or 20. 

September 25, 2019; San Jose, CA, USA; Philadelphia Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya (11) during the first half against the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium. (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

CHESTER, Pa. —  Philadelphia Union captain Alejandro Bedoya will likely be sidelined for the club’s regular-season finale with New York City FC

The American midfielder, who started 32 games, suffered a right quad strain before halftime in Sunday’s 2-0 loss to the Columbus Crew.

Bedoya has a Grade 1 strain and is more likely to be available for the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs October 19 or 20. 

“The weekend game will be difficult to turn around quickly for that,” Union manager Jim Curtin said. “I think, certainly with our medical staff doing the great work that they do, he will be turned around and ready to go for the big playoff game.” 

“It’s the first muscle injury he’s had in his career, which is pretty remarkable,” Curtin said. “He’s learning how his body responds to things in that regard with muscle injuries.” 

The 32-year-old typically aligns himself next to Haris Medunjanin in the Union’s central midfield. He missed the August 31 clash with Atlanta United due to yellow-card accumulation. In that instance, Jamiro Monteiro pushed back to the No. 8 and Marco Fabian slid in at the No. 10.

Curtin could also call on Warren Creavalle, who replaced Bedoya in Columbus, as a defensive-minded player next to Medunjanin, who would then push forward. 

All of those possibilities are still being discussed, as well as who will take Bedoya’s spot in the 18. 

“We’re still talking through which lineup, which formation is best to choose against New York City,” Curtin said. “With Ale being possibly out, others will step up like they have all season.” 

“We could go three different ways at least in terms of formation and personnel,” Curtin said. “There’s not a clear-cut like-for-like replacement. Ale’s all-around game is hard to replace.” 

If Fabian moves into the starting XI, it would be his third start in the last six games. He has not scored or assisted on a goal since August 4’s 5-1 win over D.C. United

Despite the Mexican’s struggle to get into the lineup, Curtin believes he will get the best out of Fabian in October and possibly beyond.

“Marco’s talent speaks for itself,” Curtin said. “He’s a guy who has played in big games, scored big goals. He’s had a difficult season in terms of injuries and different things. He’s still contributed in a lot of big ways and won us a lot of points by himself. To get him going is important now in the final game. We’re going to need him playing at his maximum, just like we need every player. His mentality has been great in training, which I’m happy with.” 

In other injury news, Sergio Santos will start training with the first team again Friday after suffering a hamstring injury in the loss to the New York Red Bulls September 22. 

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