MLS injury report: Heber sidelined, Nick DePuy out for the season

Heber will be sidelined for two to four weeks.
Heber will be sidelined for two to four weeks. / Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The 2023 Major League Soccer season kicked off on Saturday, February 25, seeing teams finally take the field after months. Players have since stepped up, inspiring record-breaking victories and stunning goals.

But several figures struggled to get back into the action, resulting in injuries. Here's the injury report ahead of Matchday 3...

1. Nick DePuy to miss the 2023 campaign

Nick DePuy
Nick DePuy to miss the rest of the 2023 MLS season. / Andrew Katsampes/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Nashville SC defender Nick DePuy will miss the rest of the 2023 MLS campaign after undergoing surgery on an Achilles injury. The 28-year-old has been placed on the Season-Ending Injury List, which makes him ineligible to play for the club in any remaining competition this season. 

Per MLS rules, if a player suffers a season-ending injury, a club may place that injured player on the Season-Ending Injury List and receive roster relief (an open roster slot). 

DePuy failed to feature for Nashville after arriving as an offseason trade from the LA Galaxy, where he managed two assists in 59 appearances over three seasons. He originally kicked off as a 2017 MLS SuperDraft pick of CF Montreal (19th overall), seeing just five games with the Canadian side before moving to LA.

2. Heber out

Heber to be sidelined for two to four weeks.
Heber to be sidelined for two to four weeks. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Sounders figure Heber will miss around two to four week after picking up a left hamstring strain in training. Head coach Brian Schmetzer confirmed the blow, adding he will not travel with the team for Saturday’s game against FC Cincinnati. 

“I feel bad for Heber because, look, he was playing very, very well,” Schmetzer said. “But that's why you've got to have a good roster. We'll need everybody over the course of the year and this is just one of those moments.”

The player quickly made an impact under Schmetzer after arriving as an offseason trade from New York City FC, recording two goals in 10 shots. He scored in both of Seattle’s home victories so far this campaign, propelling the 4-0 win over the Colorado Rapids and the 2-0 triumph vs. Real Salt Lake. 

The head coach will likely lean on Raul Ruidiaz, despite his recent injury. Schmetzer revealed the Designated Player feels ready to play, but he is cautious to introduce him to the starting 11 too quickly and risk another setback. 

“He's going to tell you he can play 90 minutes,” Schmetzer said of Ruidiaz. “[But] just because of Heber's injury, you don't want to compound anything by pushing Raul too much too early when you have Fredy and, again, Jordan can certainly play up front.”

3. Important injuries:

Javier Hernandez
Javier Hernandez remains sidelined with an injury. / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

- Colorado Rapids forward Diego Rubio will be sidelined for several weeks after undergoing a successful arthroscopic procedure to remove a loose body in his right knee.

- Chicharito remains on the sidelines, as he previously announced he'd be out for two to five weeks after picking up a hamstring injury in a training session last week

- Alan Pulido remains 'questionable' for Sporting Kansas City. Despite making good progress, he failed to make the bench in the team's season opener against the Portland Timbers on Monday.

- Austin FC confirmed center back Julio Cascante suffered a severe left adductor strain during the 3-2 season-opening loss to St. Louis CITY at Q2 Stadium, and will remain on the sidelines 'indefinitely'. The player will be re-evaluated in eight weeks.