Orlando City officials on Sunday said striker Stéfano Pinho has already begun treatment for an injured right ankle, but did not have a timeline for when he could return.
The club will run tests after the swelling in Pinho’s ankle has reduced.
Pinho sustained the injury in the first half of the Lions’ 2-1 loss to Minnesota United.
Pinho tried to head home a cross from left back Mohamed El-Munir and was followed closely by Minnesota United captain Francisco Calvo. Pinho went down holding his ankle after contact in the penalty area and had to be stretchered off the pitch.
“[Pinho] is on crutches,” Kreis said after Saturday’s match. “So it doesn’t look like a good sign at all. Interesting that that kind of contact happens in the box and there’s no penalty decision. Maybe he tripped over his own feet, I’m not sure.”
I'd like to thank all of you for the words of encouragement and with your prayers. I will bounce back and stronger 🙏🏾🙏🏾⚽️
— Stéfano Pinho (@stefano_pinho) March 11, 2018
Pinho’s injury means Orlando City is essentially down to two forwards – rookie Chris Mueller and veteran Justin Meram. Star striker Dom Dwyer isn’t expected back until the end of the month.
Mueller came on in place of Pinho and played considerable minutes, considering he spent most of the week not training with the rest of the club. He didn’t return to full training until Friday’s session.