Orlando City SC right-back Rafael Ramos had part of his 2016 season cut because of injury. Now, with less than two weeks to go before the start of the 2017 Major League Soccer season, Ramos finds himself sidelined by injury again.
According to a report by the Orlando Sentinel‘s Alicia DelGallo, the 22-year-old will be out for up to six weeks because of hamstring injuries he sustained in a friendly against Toronto FC.
The Orlando Soccer Journal’s Mike Gramajo first noted Ramos going down with the injury.
And Rafa Ramos goes down. Holding his right hamstring.
— Mike Gramajo (@byMikeGramajo) February 19, 2017
During the 2016 season, Ramos missed 21 consecutive matches because of similar injuries. Prior to his most recent leg injuries, Ramos rolled an ankle in a friendly against the Philadelphia Union.
Per DelGallo, Kevin Alston typically is the preferred replacement for Ramos, but he is also out with a hamstring injury. In the friendly against Toronto, both Donny Toia and Jules Youmeni filled in for Ramos.
The Lions open their season on Sunday, March 5 at 5 p.m. against New York City FC.