Injury report for STL CITY SC ahead of the matchup against Miami


by Henry Chappell

St Louis CITY SC travels to Fort Lauderdale this week to take on the current first place holder of the MLS Eastern Conference, Inter Miami CF. Former Barcelona players Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez each lead the side in goals with eleven each and Miami will be looking to bounce back after a 3-1 loss at home last Wednesday against Atlanta United.

The amount of quality the Miami squad presents doesn't change the ultimate goal for CITY manager Bradley Carnell. "We're not going there for an autograph or t-shirt," Carnell said. He also talked about the conference he expects from his side and the importance of turning around a losing streak of three games.

Tomáš Ostrák — After an injury to a tendon in his ankle, Ostrák is now out for the season and therefore the only CITY player confirmed to be out for Saturday. What was described as a knock in training by Carnell after CITY’s 2-1 loss against Seattle turned out to be much more serious for the Czech midfielder, an unfortunate event that prevented more appearances for the expanding role Ostrák was taking in the CITY midfield.

Eduard Löwen — The midfielder made a brief but valuable appearance against Seattle, instantly providing creativity in the midfield and came reasonably close on his free kick that sailed wide of goalkeeper Stefan Frei. His last appearance that hit the 90 minute mark was April 9th and his last two combined in May have been 35 total minutes, so the German midfielder is still working his way back into starting regularly but his creativity is definitely a huge value in what is a challenging match on paper for CITY.

Last week, the CITY lineup was fully healthy, with the exception of goalkeeper Christian Olivares, who has yet to make an appearance in the MLS for CITY. Even with the odds being -1.5 in Miami's favor, last week's result against a struggling Atlanta United side shows that a win is far from impossible for Carnell's side.