David Diosa won’t be back in action for at least month. (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)
By Michael Lewis
UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Don’t expect to see David Diosa in action for the Cosmos for at least a month.
He is four to five weeks away from returning from his leg injury he suffered more than two months ago.
Diosa, who suffered his injury during the Cosmos preseason trip to the Dominican Republic, watched the team’s practice at the Mitchel Athletic Complex in crutches Wednesday morning.
“There is a risk of a maybe little bit longer,” head coach Giovanni Savarese said after training. “Right now, the doctors are just keeping a hard look on his injury and we’re looking hopefully that he’s going to come back sooner than later.”
Diosa, who proved he could be a valuable player to the 2016 North American Soccer League champions by playing on all three platoons — defense, midfield and forward — injured himself during the Cosmos’ 1-0 win over Atlántico FC in the Caribbean Feb. 28.
Savarese said Diosa collided with a player and fell to the ground.
“It looked like nothing but it looked like at that point, he had an injury,” Savarese said. “We kept on treating it. Little by little, we felt he was getting closer for him to play. But we did another MRI, we realized we had to do more for it and that’s where we are right now.”
The 24-year-old Diosa became the first Cosmos player to score a goal in a competitive match in 25 years during a U.S. Developmental Academy match in 2010. He was born in Columbia and moved to Queens with his family when he was 11-years-old.
In another development, Amauri did not practice with the team Wednesday. He was away due to personal reasons, said Savarese, who did not specify what they were.
“Just personal things that he is trying to resolve,” the coach said.