The New England Revolution’s catalyst and unanimous MLS MVP at the moment, Carles Gil, is out for three weeks with a minor sports hernia injury, according to Seth Mancomber of SB Nation’s The Bent Musket.
Source: Carles Gil expected to miss 3+ weeks with a sports hernia #NERevs— Seth (@SethMan31) August 4, 2021
The Revs will be without Gil for what looks to be about six to eight games, based on the reported time frame. Sources say that it will not require surgery. It’s not surprising as Gil has been somewhat injury prone unfortunately, and he’s playing every minute of every game. Now what does this mean for the team?
While panic is the initial reaction, not everything may be bad. Again, it’s important for remember he’s out for most of the month of August, not the entire season. While you can cross off his race for the MLS assist record at 26, New England may still be fine. To me, the best option is to slot Tajon Buchanan into the CAM role, his versatility and quickness can make up for some of the lost playmaking ability in the midfield. A potential lineup could consist of: Turner; Jones, Bye, Farrell, Kessler; Polster, Kaptoum, Traustason, Buchanan; Bou, Buksa.
Nevertheless, it will be a waiting game to see what Bruce Arena draws up for life without Carles Gil. Nashville SC, a team that beat New England 2-0 much earlier in the season, will be the first matchup without Carles. Nashville is a worthy team, and will be one of the few Eastern Conference teams chasing the top spot now that New England’s unanimous best player is out for an extended period of time. The Revs will host Nashville at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday at 7:00 PM EST.
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