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Kacper Przybylko to start for Philadelphia Union on Sunday

Przybylko suffered a foot injury in warmups before the loss to NYCFC to end the regular season

September 25, 2019; San Jose, CA, USA; Philadelphia Union forward Kacper Przybylko (23) during the second half against the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium. (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

CHESTER, Pa. — The Philadelphia Union will have their leading scorer back for Sunday’s playoff game against the New York Red Bulls

Union manager Jim Curtin confirmed Kacper Przybylko will start after missing out on Decision Day with a foot injury. 

“There’s a plan in place for him. He was out on the field doing things on the side, but there is certainly a plan in place and that fully involves him starting Sunday,” Curtin said. “Everything has gone according to plan so far and there’s been no setbacks, no surprises. The plan is clear in his head. The plan is clear in our medical staff’s head. It’s clear in my head. That’s what we’re sticking with now. 

“He’ll return and get fully integrated on the field at the right time and he’ll be ready to go for the weekend.” Curtin said. 

Przybylko suffered a foot injury in warmups before the loss to NYCFC to end the regular season. He trained on the side Wednesday with the medical staff and is increasing his workload in the coming days to be ready. 

Curtin is still deciding on his other lineup options, and between a 4-2-3-1 and 4-4-2 formation. In either setup, he could start Sergio Santos or Andrew Wooten, both of whom have improved in the two weeks of training between matches and could provide scoring support behind Przybylko.

“Sergio has been excellent in training,” Curtin said. “He’s been a guy that is the real wild-card because every time you seem to get him going, he suffers a setback. Now he looks to be back in his top form and scoring goals in training and working very hard.” 

“Andrew Wooten had a great day today,” Curtin added. “He’s getting more and more comfortable with the team, with his role. He covered a ton of ground in the New York City game. He was one of the guys that put a lot of work in and made a few plays to push things at the end.” 

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