Impact forward Maxi Urruti successfully underwent surgery to the Meniscus on his right knee today.
Urruti, who has one year left on his contract with the club, is expected be out for 6-8 weeks and will miss the CONCACAF Champions League clash with CD Olympic in mid-December.
He completed 90 minutes only once for the Impact in its last 20 MLS matches in 2020 and was included from the start in only 5 of those games. The injury prevented his inclusion from exactly half of those last 20 matches.
As things stand Montreal will travel to Florida for Champions League duty with a very depleted squad, given injuries to Urruti, Shome and Choiniere, and the fact that players being released from the club have no obligation to play.
This excludes Anthony Jackson-Hamel, Jukka Raitala and Jorge Corrales, although Rod Fanni and Bojan remain possibles, although there’s reputed interest in the Catalan from New England Revolution and Ligue Un club, St-Etienne.
Orji Okwonkwo is another who may be unavailable for Florida. The Nigerian remains on-loan with the Impact until the last day of the year, however if his loan deal is not to be extended, he’s another they may have to do without.
That leaves the following as the only definites -
GOALKEEPERS - Clement Diop, James Pantemis, Jonathan Sirois.
DEFENDERS - Mustafa Kizza, Keesean Ferdinand, Karin Yao, Joel Waterman, Luis Binks, Zachary Brault-Guillard, Rudy Camacho, Clement Bayiha.
MIDFIELDERS - Lassi Lappalainen, Tomas Giraldo, Amar Sejdic, Ballou Tabla, Victor Wanyama, Samuel Piette, Emmanuel Maciel.
FORWARDS - Romell Quioto, Mason Toye.
It is not expected at this stage that any new signings, apart perhaps from those called up from the Academy, can be added to the CONCACAF Champions League squad.
The second-leg against CD Olimpia is shaping up to be a tall order for very young looking squad.