Colorado Rapids cruise again, but Oscar Pareja concerned: "We're praying Martin Rivero is not hurt"
Then, in the 44th minute, the dynamic attacking midfielder crumpled to the ground in a heap of pain and had to be substituted shortly afterwards.
The Argentine left the game with a right foot injury, the same foot that he broke in January, leaving the Rapids fearful post-game.
“It’s sad. He’s obviously upset with the situation,” Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja said post-game. “I thought he was getting in a rhythm, and we all let him carry the team, and he’s taking that responsibility. But we hope that it’s nothing. It was a long period when he was hurt. Now, we need to wait. I hope it’s nothing.”
Rivero suffered a so-called Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal of his right foot (at the base of the small toe) in a late January preseason game, forcing him out of action for nearly three months before his April return. The 23-year-old had started each of his last three games, but that streak appears to now be in jeopardy.
Rivero gingerly walked out of the locker room under his own power without speaking to reporters post-game. The midfielder will undergo an x-ray on Sunday, with results expected back on Monday.
If Rivero is out for an extended period of time once again, it would be a major blow for the streaking Rapids, who have collected 11 points (3-0-2) in their last five games.
“He said he didn’t feel any pop or contusion there,” Pareja said. “He just started just feeling that pain there, and that concerned us a lot. But we wait. We’re praying that Martin is not hurt.”
Chris Bianchi covers the Colorado Rapids for MLSsoccer.com.