CINCINNATI — It has been a difficult season for James Sands, especially against FC Cincinnati.

In June, the 19-year-old defender suffered a broken right arm against the MLS expansion team.

On Saturday night, he broke his collarbone in City’s 4-1 victory over Cincy at Nippert Stadium.

It is not known how long Sands will be sidelined, but it is feared he will miss NYCFC’s stretch run towards the MLS playoffs.

Sands, who had been an integral part of City’s defensive success this season, made hard contact with Cincy’s Mathieu Deplagne in the ninth minute.

“It’s bad news for us,” NYCFC head Dome Torrent said. “We have to check in New York. We have to wait at least two days, that is not good news for us because I love this player. We need this player. We need everybody, but especially this player.

“Sometimes the soccer is not fair with the players, and right now it’s not fair with Jimmy. He deserves to play with our team. He’s an amazing player. Sometimes that happens. That is soccer. Soccer is sometimes unfair with players, and that happened with Jimmy. It’s bad news for us.”