Bledi Bardic on his hamstring injury: “It’s become a little better, but still it doesn’t look as good as I thought.” (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)
By Michael Lewis
NEW YORK — Bledi Bardic and Cosmos B head coach Carlos Mendes are optimistic that the star striker will return from his hamstring injury sometime this postseason. They just don’t know when.
Bardic, whose 12 goals in 11 matches lead the team, suffered a left hamstring injury in the 4-2 North Atlantic Conference semifinal win over the Elm City Express on Wednesday night.
“It’s become a little better, but still it doesn’t look as good as I thought,” said Bardic after Cosmos B’s shootout win over the Brooklyn Italians at Commisso Stadium Saturday night. Let’s see on Monday.”
Bardic is hoping to hear some good news then.
“They haven’t told me yet,” he said, adding he could be sidelined for “maybe two weeks.”
He figured he could miss two or three playoff matches, although he hoped to be back for the NPSL championship if New York gets through.
Head coach Carlos Mendes was a little more optimistic.
“It’s probably going to be a little bit of time,” he said. “Hopefully nothing too long term. We’re thinking maybe something for Tuesday [training]. Hamstring is something day by day. He’s feeling better. we’ll have to see.”
Bardic watched the 120-minute game from the stands.
“It’s hard because you want to play there and help the team, but it’s something you can’t do anything about.”
Only to cheer for his side and hope for a victory.
“It was important to win,” Bardic said. “You can’t win pretty sometimes. You can’t win every game 5-0, 6-0, but it was important that we won.”
Mendes will have to find someone to take the place of defensive midfielder Rafa Garcia next to team captain Danny Szetela after he was given a straight red card in the 77th minute.
“He’s an important player, but we’ve got guys who are ready to go,” Mendes said. “We have a deep team, guys that have played all year. We’ll let this sit. We’ll watch some game film and then back to work on Monday.”