As if missing Raúl Ruidíaz for a virtual must-win game wasn’t bad enough, the Seattle Sounders now face the prospect of missing him for more games after the striker was forced out of Perú’s match in the 10th minute with an apparent ankle injury.
The injury happened around the 10th minute when Ruidíaz was chasing down a ball and appeared to be stepped on. He tried to walk it off but was replaced rather quickly by Gianluca Lapadula.
Ruidíaz was apparently in tears on the sideline and when asked about the injury by local media only said “Hopefully, it’s nothing serious.”
This had been viewed as a big opportunity for Ruidíaz under new Peru coach Juan Reynoso. Ruidíaz had not started for Peru since Nov. 13, 2020, and this was his first training camp with the national team in over a year. Ruidíaz also played about 20 minutes in Peru’s previous game, a 1-0 loss to Mexico.