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Mark-Anthony Kaye exits Canada win with apparent hamstring injury

What will this mean for his role in LAFC’s playoffs?

Soccer: CONCACAF Nations League Soccer-USA at Canada
Kaye (No. 17) didn’t last much longer than this picture.
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Mark-Anthony Kaye started for Canada in their momentous 2-0 win over the U.S. Men’s National Team in Concacaf Nations League play on Tuesday in Toronto. Unfortunately, he didn’t play much of a role in the victory, as he was forced out in the opening minutes due to an apparent hamstring injury.

Kaye stretched to get onto a pass in the fifth minute of the game and pulled up and fell down. He didn’t even try to come back into the game, leaving in the ninth minute.

No initial word on the severity of the injury, and Kaye will be returning to Los Angeles in the next day or two to be evaluated by the Los Angeles Football Club medical staff. We’ll probably have to wait several days to get a sense of Kaye’s prognosis in the short term.

But there’s a chance Kaye will miss LAFC’s playoff game on Oct. 24, and if they advance, more than that. Carlos Vela missed two games with a hamstring injury and needed a couple games to get fully back into the swing of things. With a little over a week to recover (minus the cross-continental travel), we’ll see how Kaye is doing for the big game and if he could be in contention for the playoffs. Stay tuned.

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