A high ankle sprain has sidelined New York City FC defender Ronald Matarrita for at least a month.
Matarrita was carted off the field during the team’s training session on Thursday and is projected to be out four to six weeks. He has started all six of the team’s games so far this season and is tied with David Villa for the team lead in assists with three.
The 22-year-old Costa Rican international has played 31 games (29 starts) for NYCFC since joining the team in January of last year. He was named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year for 2016 after scoring one goal and logging five assists in 25 games (23 starts).
He joins Khiry Shelton on the team’s list of sidelined players. Shelton suffered a strained hamstring last weekend during a 2-0 defeat of Philadelphia in which Matarrita earned an assist by slotting a diagonal ball that Jack Harrison drove into the net. Shelton replaced Harrison in the 71st minute and suffered his injury shortly before the final whistle.