Dealing with a foot injury, Gil had to wait until the first game of the MLS is Back tournament to make his 2020 debut. The injury re-emerged during the second game, limiting the midfielder to just 62 minutes. Gil didn’t play in the third game and was seen wearing a walking boot on the sidelines.
At this point, it’s unlikely that Gil will be ready to play on Saturday, but Arena isn’t letting that weigh on him too much.
“Every team has injuries, suspensions, what have you and if it happens you just get on with it,” Arena explained to media. “We played Toronto on Tuesday without Carles. If we need to play on Saturday without him that’s the way you go on and do your business in sports.”
Now in the knockout stage of the tournament, the Revs are four games away from being crowned champions. This title comes with a $1.1 million prize and a 2021 Champions League spot.
Unlike the group stage, these games will not count towards the MLS standings but that won’t change Arena’s approach.
“You play every game to win,” Arena says. “Once you get this point you got to see if you can move on in the tournament. We’re definitely going to play to win the game.”