Manager Gerardo Martino said on Sunday, before knowing Nagbe’s diagnosis, that he has several options should the midfielder miss time.
The first is to move Julian Gressel from the right side of the formation into the middle. His position as a right wingback or right midfielder could be filled with either Sal Zizzo as a fullback, or Hector Villalba or Brandon Vazquez as a midfielder.
Kevin Kratz could also slide into Nagbe’s role, which would minimize the number of personnel changes within the formation.
“He (Kratz) brings a little bit of a different look in there,” fullback Mikey Ambrose said. “I thought he played well and he does well to connect everything. We lose a little bit, but we gain a little bit but either way, they’re both good players.”
Nagbe’s injury is another in a litany of injuries the team has overcome this season.
The bad luck started in the preseason with Villalba, Franco Escobar and Jose Hernandez forced out with various injuries.
It continued into the season with striker Josef Martinez sustaining a broken hand and then nose, midfielder Miguel Almiron a shoulder injury and fullback Greg Garza being lost for 4-6 months because of a recurring shoulder injury.