Surridge out against Inter Miami, Mukhtar a question

NASHVILLE, TN – Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith gave injury updates on Hany Mukhtar and Sam Surridge ahead of their Concacaf Champions Cup Round of 16 match against Inter Miami. The Coyotes’ two main attackers were both injured in Nashville’s first match of the season, a 3-0 win against Moca FC, and have not featured since.

“Not complications,” Smith said about Mukhtar’s recovery from the hamstring issue he suffered in the first half against Moca. “There certainly have in the last 10 days or so been maybe one or two steps that have been taken that he’s had a reaction to. He is back in the group and working and, you know, there certainly will be a thought about where and how Hany might be used tomorrow.”

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“For sure, a little bit more disappointment in the last couple of weeks that we’ve not been able to include him in the group,” Smith added,” just given the way that the injury occurred and how early we all thought that we’d caught it.”

Sam Surridge is a different story. The striker collided hard with Tyler Boyd early in the second half, suffering an injury to his left shoulder.

“Sam’s in a very different boat. He’s just starting to do some work out on the field and will not be available for tomorrow,” Smith said. “So that’s a disappointment, but he’s in a much, much better place than I think we originally thought he would be with regards to the impact and the problem that occurred. So we’re not a million miles away with Sam, but he certainly won’t be ready for tomorrow.”

Nashville take on Inter Miami tomorrow night at Geodis Park in the first leg of their Concacaf clash, and will return to Ft. Lauderdale for the second leg on Wednesday, March 13. Taking on a team featuring the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez, Jordi Alba and Julian Gressel is a difficult task regardless, but looks to be an even more uphill battle for Nashville with their two most important attackers either out or at less than full strength.

Author: Ben Wrightis the Director of Soccer Content and a Senior MLS Contributor for Broadway Sports covering Nashville SC and the US National Team. Previously Ben was the editor and a founder of Speedway Soccer, where he has covered Nashville SC and their time in USL before journeying to Major League Soccer since 2018. Raised in Louisville, KY Ben grew up playing before a knee injury ended his competitive career. When he is not talking soccer he is probably producing music, drinking coffee or hanging out with his wife and kids. Mastodon

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