FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (February 10, 2020) —
With twenty days left until its first game, Inter Miami confirmed the extent of the injury Julián Carranza has incurred. The 19-year-old forward that joined from Club Atlético Banfield will now miss the MLS expansión club’s first official game on March 1. Inter thus will head into its first season without a key member of the squad, who will be unavailable until at least April.
The young Argentine forward Julian will miss 10-12 weeks with the injury to his left foot, sustained on January 30, according to sporting director Paul McDonough. Carranza was taken off the practice field that day on a golf cart, and the medical staff’s ensuing report on his injury was not the news Inter Miami wanted to hear.
Manager Diego Alonso was asked about Carranza. “He’s injured and we’re waiting for him to recover as soon as possible,” said Inter Miami head coach Diego Alonso before this morning’s training session at the team’s training complex in Fort Lauderdale.
Carranza was one of the first two players announced last summer to much fanfare. He was expected to be a starter and regular part of the Rosanegro attack from the start of the season.
“We lose a lot because Juli is a player that’s very important for us,” said Inter Miami center back Nico Figal in Spanish. “He’s a player that has a lot of promise, a forward that is coming off a good stint in Argentina. We’ll just have to try to replace him as best we can and there are players that can do so in a good way.”
In Carranza’s absence, Inter Miami will have to rely on its other options at the forward position to lead the attack: Juan Agudelo, Jerome Kiesewetter, Lewis Morgan, and first overall MLS draft pick Robbie Robinson are all capable of playing up top.
“For any player, it’s bad to start with an injury,” said Figal. “An injury hurts psychologically, but we’re attentive with him, we ask him if he needs anything. I know it’s a difficult moment for a player to be injured, but we have a very unified group that is being put together and that makes him very happy.”
The club continues to chase attackers to use their remaining two Designated Player spots on as well. Most recently, it has been reported that the team and CF Monterrey have agreed to a transfer of forward Rodolfo Pizarro.
Inter debut in MLS on March 1 away to LAFC.