VSCanadian defender Scott Kennedy will miss the world Cup after injuring his shoulder.
The 25-year-old, who has eight international appearances, picked up the injury on Saturday while playing for Regensburg against Rostock in Germany’s second tier, leaving the game in the seventh minute.
“He was devastated this morning,” Canada coach John Herdman said in a conference call Wednesday. “He will be a big loss for this group on and off the pitch. Just one of those tough times as a coach where you have to share that grim reality with someone.”
Herdman relieved Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies, who turned 22 on Wednesday, was not seriously injured when he suffered a skull bruise against Dortmund on October 8. Davies, Canada’s best player, returned eight days later.
“Every game that we watch, you just have this kind of pit in your stomach that you’re going to lose a critical player, but it’s going to happen,” Herdman said. “Every weekend you dread it. Part of it is you’re going to lack quality from the team, but the next part is just knowing the pain these players are going to go through.”
Atiba Hutchinson, a 39-year-old midfielder and Canada captain, was the only pool player who was alive when Canada last appeared at the World Cup in 1986. He did not play for Beikta de Turkey this season due to a bone contusion, but Herdman hopes to play a Turkish Cup match against Serik Belediyespor on November 9.
“He feels good,” Herdman said. “All the signs are positive there.”
Herdman has selected 21 players for a training camp that opens on Sunday ahead of a Nov. 11 exhibition against Bahrain in Manama. The players selected for the World Cup will travel the following day and the Europe-based players will feature ahead of a friendly match against Japan on November 17 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Toronto midfielder Jonathan Osorio, who has 55 international appearances, has played one game since August 20 due to post-concussion syndrome, 19 minutes in Orlando on September 17.
“We had personnel monitoring his scrums,” Herdman said. “The feedback has been super positive. He seems to be really making an impact on the pitch and coming back to himself. Playing international football in desert conditions is going to be a bit different to what he’s currently experiencing in the environment of training for his club.”
Canada open Group F against Belgium on November 23, before facing Croatia four days later and Morocco on December 1.
Twenty players head to camp are from Major League Soccer with midfielder Liam Fraser from Deinze in Belgium’s second tier.
Four did not make Canada’s senior team: goaltender James Pantemis; defensemen Lukas MacNaughton and Joel Waterman; and midfielder Mathieu Choinière.
Eight players are from MLS team Montreal, seven from Toronto and one from Vancouver, Los Angeles FC, LA Galaxy, Minnesota and Nashville.
Toronto and Vancouver last played on October 9, Nashville on October 15, Minnesota on October 17, LA Galaxy on October 20 and Montreal on October 23. LAFC takes on Philadelphia in the MLS Championship game on Saturday.
“Are they going to be at the fitness level we need to take them to Qatar?” said Herman.
The list :
Guardians: Maxime Crepeau (Los Angeles), James Pantemis (Montreal), Dayne St. Clair (Minnesota).
Defenders: Zachary Brault-Guillard (Montreal), Raheem Edwards (LA Galaxy), Doneil Henry (Toronto), Alistair Johnston (Montreal), Richie Laryea (Toronto), Lukas MacNaughton (Toronto), Kamal Miller (Montreal), Joel Waterman (Montreal) .
Midfielders: Mathieu Choinière (Montreal), Liam Fraser (Deinze, Belgium), Mark-Anthony Kaye (Toronto), Ismael Kone (Montreal), Jonathan Osorio (Toronto), Samuel Piette (Montreal).
Forwards: Ayo Akinola (Toronto), Lucas Cavallini (Vancouver), Jayden Nelson (Toronto), Jacob Shaffelburg (Nashville).
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