UPDATE Thursday, 12:55 pm ET: The Philadelphia Union have good news about Alejandro Bedoya's quadriceps injury: While the club's captain will be out for their Decision Day clash against NYCFC on Sunday, Bedoya will be back for the club's Round One playoff game in a few weeks, head coach Jim Curtin announced.
📝Coach Jim Curtin On Ale Bedoya's Injury— X - Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) October 3, 2019
"This weekend’s game will be difficult to turn around for, but with our medical staff, he’ll be turned around and ready for the big playoff game." pic.twitter.com/vnwxXs5FVZ
Wednesday, 1:21 pm ET: Alejandro Bedoya’s quadriceps injury will probably sideline him for the Philadelphia Union’s Decision Day presented by AT&T meeting with New York City FC on Sunday. But the influential midfielder is expected to heal in time to play a role in the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs.
That’s the mostly positive news, at least from a Union perspective, out of Chester, Pennsylvania as Philly trained on Wednesday, with the club confirming that their captain is slated to return to the field when the postseason kicks off on the weekend of Oct. 19-20.
Alejandro Bedoya has a low grade quad strain. Union are expecting it to be a 1-2 week injury.— Matthew De George (@sportsdoctormd) October 2, 2019
Currently sitting in third place in the Eastern Conference standings but able to pass Atlanta United for second depending on Decision Day results, Philadelphia would host a first-round playoff game that weekend in either scenario.
Low grade strain for Bedoya.— Joe Tansey (@JTansey90) October 2, 2019
Sounds like the recovery time sets him up for the first weekend of postseason October 19-20.
“He’s likely out for Sunday, but should be back for playoffs,” a Union spokesperson confirmed to MLSsoccer.com on Wednesday.
Bedoya sustained the injury during last weekend’s 2-0 loss at Columbus Crew SC. The 32-year-old former US international has been a key contributor for Philly this season, anchoring the midfield and chipping in four goals and four assists in league action.