Kei Kamara left training after picking up what is now being called a leg knock. He left under his own power. Gregg Berhalter didn't have details when asked after training, but the team later tweeted out an injury update.
Update: Kei Kamara suffered a right leg knock during Saturday's training session and will be a game-time decision on Sunday.— Columbus Crew SC (@ColumbusCrewSC) December 5, 2015
Kamara has been extremely fit. He only missed two games on the year, once for international duty and another for yellow card accumulation. He also came off the bench during a busy stretch in July. During his absence, Crew SC struggled playing their normal style.
In June, Aaron Schoenfeld started in a 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union. The side was significantly rotated as Chad Barson, Sergio Campbell, and Kevan George made rare appearances for the first team as well. The offense looked disjointed with the less athletic Schoenfeld and Kamara's addition in the 65th minute didn't change the tide.
Crew SC also lost the next time that Kamara wasn't in the lineup. Jack McInerney made the start as international absences took their toll on the lineup. Chris Klute and Ben Speas made rare starts. Crew SC looked to get the ball wide and link up. Columbus had the possession, but didn't have the chances as F.C. Dallas broke on the counter and won 3-0.
Columbus finally cracked the code of how to play without Kamara on the final day of the regular season. DC United struggled down the stretch and they looked slow and disinterested. Columbus also used McInerney's ability to play one touch passing for better linking play. The result was a 5-0 drubbing.
The loss of Kamara would be a huge blow. There are few in the league that can blend his athletic talents, intelligence, and scoring prowess. None of them play on Crew SC. Columbus would have to look to change their planning to adapt to the less athletic Schoenfeld or the shorter McInerney.
Kamara did resurface on twitter late Sunday evening with positive thoughts.
Thanks fam https://t.co/n6PCRKt2eS— KEI KAMARA (@keikamara) December 6, 2015
Plenty of Crew SC fans are thinking the same, hoping he's fit and ready for the Timbers.