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Philadelphia Union forward Sergio Santos out at least four weeks

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

CHESTER, Pa.— One of the Philadelphia Union’s top offseason signings won’t be making an impact on the field for a while. 

Union head coach Jim Curtin announced during his weekly press conference on Wednesday that forward Sergio Santos is out at least four weeks with a Grade 2 strain in his hip. 

“We lost Sergio Santos yesterday,” Curtin said. “He had an MRI yesterday. He has a Grade 2 hip flexor.” 

The Brazilian forward, who joined the Union from Chilean side Audax Italiano in December, suffered the injury attempting a shot in practice on Tuesday. 

“He went innocently after a ball probably in the midway point of the training session,” Curtin said. “He went to open up his hip in his backswing and shoot and changed his idea from shooting with his laces to opening up and something went. We knew right away. It’s going to be at least four weeks. Not good.” 

Santos has played 39 minutes in a substitute role in each of the club’s first two games. 

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