FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England midfielder Ousmane Dabo is expected to miss Saturday's match against Vancouver after straining his right adductor during a training session Tuesday morning.
Dabo impressed during his MLS debut in this past weekend's scoreless draw with Colorado, but he will have to wait to make his second appearance after feeling a twinge in his leg and landing on the Revolution's injury list.
“Obviously, he's disappointed because he's just sort of worked his way back in,” Revolution assistant coach Stephen Myles told MLSsoccer.com. “It's just one of those things. The ball took off the surface, he's stretched for it and he's felt it. Common sense told him to come straight out, which he has done. Hopefully, we'll get back on it and try to get him back as quickly as possible.”
Although Myles and the Revs remain hopeful that Dabo's injury will not keep him out for an extended period of time, the tweak constitutes a significant setback for the former Lazio and Manchester City midfielder.
Dabo spent the past few weeks working back to full match fitness after recuperating from a preseason quadriceps injury, but those efforts are on hold while the French midfielder recovers from his latest injury concern.
“He's disappointed,” Myles said. “We're disappointed. He did well on Saturday. We were looking forward to seeing him play more. But it is what it is. There's no point in crying about it. Hopefully, it won't be too long until he can come back.”
Until Dabo returns to the field, the Revs must once again find a way to compensate for his absence in central midfield. Myles said he believes the Revs can find a solution after the collective performance submitted against the Rapids last weekend.
“Especially with the way that we're playing, there are players that can come in there,” Myles said. “One man's downfall is another man's opportunity. We're positive. We'll get back on it. Hopefully, it won't be long until he's back and we'll see how it goes again.”