Sporting Kansas City’s central defender Aurelien Collin is expected to miss approximately six weeks while recovering from a non-displaced fracture of the transverse process of both the L2 and L3 vertebrae in his lumbar spine.
Collin suffered the injury during Sporting Kansas City’s 4-2 win over Toronto FC last Saturday when he took a knee to the back and had to leave the game. Collin has started 15 games during his debut MLS season after signing in April and quickly became a fixture on the back line. Colln has scored three goals including two game winning goals and has been a key contributor in Sporting KC’s 12 game unbeaten streak.
Manager Peter Vermes has options to replace Collin; Brazilian defender Julio Cesar, Jamaican Shavar Thomas and Trinidadian Daneil Cyrus. Vermes would not reveal his plans and made clear that it may change game to game anyway. Cesar has been playing consistently at defensive mid and moving him back into the center defense means disrupting two positions that have been working. Vermes may leave Cesar in mid and then choose between recently signed Cyrus and seemingly out of favor Thomas. If Cesar moves back to pair with MLS All-Star Matt Besler, Birahim Diop or Luke Sassano will likely take his place.