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LAFC’s Adama Diomande leaves MLS is Back Tournament as precaution

Forward injured his foot, but says it’s not serious this time.

Portland Timbers v Los Angeles FC Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images

It’s official: Adama Diomande is out for the rest of the MLS is Back Tournament, as the forward has departed the Orlando bubble to return to Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Football Club head coach Bob Bradley broke the news to reporters Tuesday during media availability ahead of Thursday’s game against the Portland Timbers, while Dio himself posted an explanation on Twitter Wednesday, saying he left to rehab the foot injury but that the whole thing is being done out of an abundance of caution.

Diomande suffered a foot fracture in preseason, and the coronavirus shutdown gave him the time to recover, which he did. But he came off the bench in LAFC’s MLS is Back Tournament opener against the Houston Dynamo and appeared to suffer another foot injury, lasting just 17 minutes.

That means if he can stay healthy and rested, Bradley Wright-Phillips, who has two goals in two games so far for LAFC, will likely get the lion’s share of the minutes at central striker for the remainder of the MLS is Back Tournament.

Get well soon, Dio.

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