In the 29th minute of Saturday's game against D.C. United, Chris Tierney exited with a non-contact hamstring injury. It was a moment of concern for New England Revolution fans, who have grown accustomed to seeing the local product at left back. Unfortunately, it looks like Tierney will miss some time.
On Monday, head coach Jay Heaps was asked to give an injury update for Tierney. In short, there wasn't much to say.
"It’s still early in the week and we’re assessing him," Heaps said. "He was in today and limited in terms of what we can do with him. For me, the [next] 24 hours and 48 hours are real important in assessing him."
With Tierney still being assessed, it's very unlikely that he'll play against the Portland Timbers on Wednesday. The vacancy could be filled by Darrius Barnes, Donnie Smith, or Jordan McCrary, all of whom have not played this year.
Another option would be to use Je-Vaughn Watson at left back and London Woodberry at right back. This was what Heaps opted for against D.C. United. One of the biggest positives for this approach is getting Woodberry and his crossing ability on the field.
"I think London has provided excellent right back positioning," Heaps said. "[He] serves up a great ball, defends well. Went in the other day with very little warmup, really quickly into that half, and provided a really good game the rest of the game."