On Wednesday, Revolution midfielder Xavier Kouassi scored his first MLS goal, an 86th-minute equalizer that helped the Revs earn a road point against NYCFC. In that same game, Kouassi suffered a non-contact leg injury. He went on to finish the match, but labored his way through the final five minutes.
Unfortunately, Kouassi won’t finish another match for at least a month. According to Jeff Lemieux, the Revolution DP will miss 4-6 weeks after doctors diagnosed him with a quad injury. Kouassi missed all of 2016 after tearing his ACL, but showed no ill effects from the injury in the early stages of 2017. Now, Kouassi will once again focus on resting and recovering in time for the second half of the season.
In Kouassi’s absence, Gershon Koffie should continue to earn regular starts, with Scott Caldwell also entering the mix for minutes.
The decision to re-acquire Koffie now looks as valuable as ever before, as Koffie has seamlessly transitioned back to his role with the Revolution. The Ghanaian midfielder turned in a strong two-way performance against Toronto FC on Saturday and looks more than capable of patrolling the center of the park this season, as he so did so effectively in 2016.
The Revolution don’t play another league match until June 17, which will give Kouassi a head start in his recovery.