UPDATE: Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer suggested on Friday that Roman Torres was likely to miss something closer to four weeks. That would mean the center back should be healthy in time to start World Cup prep but maybe not in time to play for the Sounders before he leaves.
“It was a significant enough injury to get me into a bad mood [Thursday],” Schmetzer said. “If I was a betting man I’d probably say we won’t see him,” before the World Cup.
Although Roman Torres was a late scratch from Sunday’s starting lineup due to a hamstring injury, the assumption was that it wasn’t particularly serious. On Wednesday morning, Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer gave an update on the situation, leaving rave green fans and the entire nation of Panama in pins and needles.
“It’s not good. It’s not good,” Schmetzer said ominously. “It’s a hamstring injury and it’s not good. That’s all I’ll say on it now. But that was a blow.”
Taking into consideration the club’s bad luck with injuries to key players, it was only natural most people were expecting the worst outcome to be announced at any moment.
However, within hours of the bad news coming to light, Deportes RPC in Panama were first to report Torres had suffered a micro tear in his right hamstring, according to a diagnose given by recognized orthopedic surgeon Gerinaldo Martinez. Sounder at Heart can not only independently confirm this information but sources have also told me the injury was handled at an early stage and with the appropriate rest and rehabilitation the Canalero should make a quick recovery.
Torres himself attempted to put fans at ease with the following tweet: “A slight muscular injury will make me have to stop. I will recover and return with the favor of God to help my teammates [both] Sounders FC [and] Panama [in Russia] 2018 Thank you for all the samples of affection you have given me. There is Mazinger for a long time, Faith intact.”
Kim Kee-hee will most likely take over at center back while Torres recovers, the South Korean played well against one of MLS most prolific offenses in LAFC, especially considering he was inserted in the starting line up minutes before the initial whistle. As he did on Sunday, Gustav Svensson could also move from defensive midfielder to center back.
Cristian Roldan although concerned about “El Mazinger”, expressed his confidence in Kim’s ability to handle the work load, “We know how important Roman is for this team, how much he helps us defensively but at the same time I think we have players that can play there,” said Roldan.” Kim had to come in last game and I thought he played well, so if Roman’s injury is serious, we are going to miss him but I trust we can find a way to play well without him.”