Colorado Rapids lose veteran midfielder Vicente Sánchez for 2-3 weeks due to knee sprain

COMMERCE CITY, Colo.- There are plenty of culprits for the Colorado Rapids’ eight-game winless skid, and chief among them has been an injury epidemic that has claimed yet another important victim.

Influential attacking midfielder Vicente Sánchez is expected to miss at least two weeks of action, Rapids coach Pablo Mastroeni said after Colorado’s 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers on Saturday night.

“He’s got swelling in his knee; I just got the memo it’ll be 2-3 weeks,” Mastroeni told reporters about Sánchez on Saturday night. “When he’s ready, he’ll jump in.”

Sánchez, 34, had been battling an IT band injury earlier this month, but now the issue appears to be the troublesome knee sprain that previously kept him out of the lineup for seven games in May and June. The Uruguayan has six goals – second on the club, though the total includes five penalty kicks – in 14 games this season (10 starts) while shuttling in and out of the lineup due to injury and regular rest.

Sánchez did not play in Saturday’s match at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park despite practicing earlier in the week, and with only six matches remaining on the season and the Rapids stuck in seventh in the Western Conference, the crafty midfielder’s return this season could be in doubt if there are any setbacks.

“What I’ve been told is [Sánchez will miss] about two weeks,” Mastroeni said. “Then it’s about getting fit again and in form.”

Chris Bianchi covers the Colorado Rapids for