The long-awaited comeback of the Montreal Impact at Saputo Stadium against the Columbus Crew on Saturday will be without Ignacio Piatti.
Head coach Rémi Garde confirmed at his press briefing on Thursday at Center Nutrilait. Piatti will miss a fourth game in a row and nothing says he’ll be seen again in the short term.
According to Guard, the Argentine striker is still bothered by pain in the right knee, resulting from an injury that dates back to the game of March 16 against the Orlando City SC. Piatti had spent the entire game on the pitch and scored two goals in a 3-1 win.
Garde also mentioned that additional tests will be done early next week, but will not go so far as to say that the injury would be worse than originally anticipated.
In the absence of Piatti, the Impact drew two draws in three games, but was limited to one goal, scoring a staggering 7-1 loss to Kansas City’s Sporting on March 30.
Guard’s other concern – and it concerns players from both teams as well – is the state of play on Saturday, after Monday’s freezing rain and the many white flakes of the next day.
For the moment, the news is relatively good with regard to the weather when we announce a sunny afternoon and a mercury that should amount to 16 Celsius. However, do not expect to see a green lawn.
“We were not there, but we had pictures of the snowstorm while we were in Washington,” said Garde. I know that the club will do everything possible so that we can play this first game, that everyone waits, and we want to play. The day will be beautiful Saturday in the weather. Until then, I know that the maximum will be done. I hope it will be in the best possible conditions. However, when we played Yankee Stadium we can almost play everywhere! “, He added, smiling.
Columbus will be at Saputo Stadium with a 4-1-1 record for a total of 13 points, the best in the Eastern Conference. The Crew has won its last two outings and has conceded just four goals so far, seven fewer than the Impact. Both teams scored seven goals in six games.