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Montreal braces for Impact with injuries and international call-ups

Impact players have been dropping like flies

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Cameron Porter seemed like the savior for the Montreal Impact, as much as that sounds very premature. But the Stanford Princeton man has been on fire, making his name in the CONCACAF Champions League against both Pachuca and Alajuense.

The young man has been so impressive, during the first-leg of the semi-final against the Costa Rican club that Jozy Altidore reckoned the talent and performance of a lifetime.


Unfortunately for Harry Porter, his horrific knee injury , during the 0-0 draw against the New England Revolution, has halted the young man's progress in his young career. No news yet on the extent of the damage on his left knee but Jozy is worried.

During that same game, Dominic Oduro went out after picking up a knock but will be practicing this week in preparation of the upcoming game against Orlando. Dilly Duka was rested after picking up an injury in CCL action and Bakary Soumaré was replaced by Victor Cabrera.

The Bleu-Blanc-Noir is quite thin up front and that fact was never a secret. The club has become so dependent on Porter that his injury has a huge impact on the Montreal's game plan.

International Absentees

Laurent Ciman, Maxim Tissot and Romario Williams are slotted to miss the MLS home opener at the Olympic Stadium against Orlando City SC. Though, the club confirmed that Williams will not join the Jamaican national team to stay with his MLS club as he should be the back-up striker behind Jack McInerney.

Tissot has been quite good as he is pushing the staff to see him as a viable option on the wing as he is utilizing his assets to find a place on the starting XI. With Justin Mapp's injury (4-month absence), the Canadian International can find

Ciman's absence will hurt but is also a badge of honor as the Belgian international continues to stay relevant with the Red Devils, quarter-finalist during the 2014 World Cup.

With Kaka and co. coming to Montreal this weekend, the Impact will be relatively thin with injured players and absentees but the club has enough depth and quality in every sector, except up front.

This is a chance for Jack McInerney to re-establish himself as a MLS starter. The fact that Porter has surpassed him on the Impact's thin forward depth chart is a bad sign for JackMac.