Chicago Fire central defender Wyatt Omsberg will miss three months after he had surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left foot Friday.
Fire head coach Ezra Hendrickson hopes to have Omsberg return before the regular season ends in October. Chicago’s regular-season finale is Oct. 9 at New England.
The 26-year-old sustained the injury during the Fire’s 1-0 home win against D.C. United on June 18. He started a single-season career-high 14 matches and helped goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina post five clean sheets this season. He has made 44 appearances (29 starts) since being acquired in a trade from Minnesota United on Feb. 11, 2020.
“He’s been really, really good for us,” Hendrickson said of Omsberg. “He’s been one of our most consistent players so far this year. And you know, having worked so hard to get where he finally got to, and then to have such a setback, I’m sure mentally it’s going to weigh on him a little bit. But, he’s a strong guy mentally and physically, and I think he will do the best he can to physically get back and then mentally stay strong.”
Hendrickson didn’t say who will replace Wyatt Omsberg next to Fire captain Rafael Czichos, but Jonathan Bornstein and Carlos Terán are the likely candidates.
“As a part of the defense, as my teammate next to me, he’s really important for me and for the whole defense,” Czichos said of Omsberg. “He’s been playing a really good season so far. Yeah, that he’s injured now, obviously is bad for us but I think we will find a good solution to replace him.”
More Injury Updates
Midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri will be available to play Saturday at Houston after missing the Chicago Fire’s victory over DC United last week. Shaqiri missed the game with a thigh injury he sustained while playing for Switzerland’s men’s national team in the Nations League tournament.
The Fire, however, will still be without winger Jairo Torres (right hip). Hendrickson said Torres is about a week away from returning to action.
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