Posted on October 8, 2012
The Honduras National Team and Sporting Kansas City suffered a big loss as midfielder Roger Espinoza learned that he will be sidelined from two to four weeks with a right anterior medial ankle sprain, the club announced on Monday.
Espinoza suffered the sprain during Kansas City’s 1-1 Major League Soccer draw on Sunday.
He was supposed to join the Honduran National Team for its final two World Cup qualifying matches in the CONCACAF semifinal round. Los Catrachos play at Panama on Friday and host Canada on Oct. 16 in two crucial encounters that will decide the two Group C teams that will move on to next year’s hexagonal.
Espinoza, suffered the injury in second-half stoppage time.
After an MRI and X-rays that taken in Columbus on Monday, the 25-year-old Espinoza will return to Kansas City for more evaluation and treatment.
The 25-year-old Espinoza has been a key performer for both club and country this season, playing a key role in helping KC become Eastern Conerence leaders.
As a member of the Honduran Olympic team, Espinoza helped the side reach the quarterfinals, which included a memorable end-to-end performance in that encounter, a 3-2 loss to eventual silver medalist Brazil.
KC, which is on a World Cup break until it meets the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on Oct. 20, has two games remaining in the regular season.
Espinoza is expected to return to the team in time for the playoffs, Sporting Kansas City said in a statement.
Photo: Roger Espinoza will miss both of Honduras’ World Cup qualifiers. Andy Mead
Categories: Canada, Central America, Honduras, Panama, World Cup Qualifying
Tags: Columbus Crew, Major League Soccer, Roger Espinoza, Sporting Kansas City, World Cup qualifying