2023 Austin FC Player Injury Report

One topic that’s unavoidable when discussing Austin FC this season is player injuries. The health (or lack thereof) of players on the Starting XI is profoundly impacting the success of the Verde.

We all witnessed this firsthand with Julio Cascante’s adductor strain sustained in the season-opening match against St. Louis CITY SC. The ripple effect of this single injury forced Alex Ring to play out of position at center back. Plus, the club had to sign free agent defender Amro Tarek and acquire defender Aleksandar Radovanović on loan. (Not to mention the demotion of defender Kipp Keller due to poor play after subbing on for Cascante in that fateful match.)

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With that in mind, here’s a list of known first team player injuries compiled from official statements and media reports.

NamePositionInjuryRecovery Return (Est.)*
Sebastian DriussiMidfielderLeg injuryDay-to-Dayvs. DC United (10/4)
Gyasi ZardesForwardHamstring strain3 weeksvs. DC United (10/4)
Kipp KellerDefenderAnkle injury4 weeksvs. DC United (10/4)
Adam LundkvistDefenderAdductor strain4-6 weeksvs. Colorado (9/30)
Matt HedgesDefenderHamstring strain3 weeksvs. Colorado (9/30)
Will BruinForwardConcussion2 weeksvs. LA Galaxy (9/24)
Maxi UrrutiForwardConcussion1 weekvs. Seattle (8/30)
Leo VaisanenDefenderLCL tear12 weeksvs. Dallas (8/26)
Gyasi ZardesForwardAdductor strain4-6 weeksvs. St. Louis (8/20)
Maxi UrrutiForwardAdductor strain4-6 weeksvs. St. Louis (8/20)
Emi RigoniMidfielderMCL strain4 weeksvs. St. Louis (8/20)
Dani PereiraMidfielderAC Joint injuryDay-to-dayvs. St. Louis (8/20)
Alex RingDefenderGroin strain6-8 weeksvs. St. Louis (8/20)
Sofiane DjeffalMidfielderAnkle injury2 weeksvs. FC Dallas (6/21)
Sebastian DriussiMidfielderGroin strain3-4 weeksvs. Minnesota (5/31)
Julio CascanteDefenderConcussion 1 weekvs. Toronto (5/20)
Diego FagundezMidfielderAdductor strain4-5 Weeksvs. Dallas (5/13)
Sofiane DjeffalMidfielderAnkle injury2 Weeksvs. Portland (5/6)
Julio CascanteDefenderLeft Adductor strain8 Weeksvs. San Jose (4/29)
Žan KolmaničDefenderRight ACLEntire Season2024
Updated Oct 2, 2023
*Player return date is an estimate based on latest reports.

We’ll keep this Austin FC injury report updated throughout the season, so check back for any changes.

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