Columbus Crew SC‘s hopes of profitable a second MLS Cup last suffered an immense blow on Thursday night time when the workforce introduced that midfielders Darlington Nagbe and Pedro Santos have been deemed “medically not cleared to play.”
The Crew are scheduled to play the Seattle Sounders FC within the MLS Cup last on Saturday at Columbus’ house venue of MAPFRE Stadium.
Columbus additionally added that another player has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the whole variety of Crew gamers who’ve contracted the virus to 10 for the reason that begin of the MLS Cup playoffs. Due to privateness legal guidelines, the Crew aren’t in a position to disclose which gamers have been affected.
Earlier this week, the workforce revealed that seven gamers who’ve beforehand examined constructive for COVID-19 had both already resumed coaching or would accomplish that quickly. However the lack of Nagbe specifically can be practically not possible to beat.
The announcement comes on the identical day that MLS Gamers Affiliation government director Bob Foose introduced that “nearly 20%” of the league’s gamers had tested positive for COVID-19 sooner or later through the season.
Nagbe, 30, is in his first season with the Crew after having twice beforehand gained MLS Cups, with the Portland Timbers in 2015 and Atlanta United FC in 2018. He recorded one aim and one help in 18 league and playoff appearances this season, however his skill to maintain possession is seen as important to maintaining the Crew assault working close to its peak.
Santos, 32, is in his fourth season with Columbus, contributing eight targets and eight assists in 25 league and playoff appearances this season.